NEW DELHI: After a two-judge probe panel found no evidence against CSK in IPL spot-fixing case, sacked IPL chief Lalit Modi took to Twitter to express his anguish over the BCCI’s decision.
Modi, who had been critical of the way the league had been run, said on Sunday that the BCCI is a shameless organization and he was glad not to be a part of it.
In wake of Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan being absolved of fixing charges, Modi tweeted: “Seen the Bcci decisions. All I can say is i am glad i am not part of this lame duck absolutely shameless organization anymore.”
The decks were cleared for president-in-exile Srinivasan’s possible return to the BCCI top post after being given the clean chit.
Srinivasan could stage a comeback as BCCI chief as early as August 2 when the Board’s working committee and the IPL governing council meet in New Delhi to take a final call on the issue.
The panel was mandated to enquire into the roles of Meiyappan, who was the team principal of Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and its co-owner Raj Kundra.
“There is no evidence of any wrongdoing found by the judges against Raj Kundra, India Cements and Rajasthan Royals. The report will now be forwarded to the IPL governing council which will take a final decision when it meets on August 2 in New Delhi,” BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah told reporters.
Addressing a brief press conference, BCCI interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya said that the inquiry report will be forwarded to the IPL governing council as per the operational rules of the Board.
“IPL governing council will meet on August 2 in New Delhi to take a decision on these issues,” Dalmiya said.
Asked whether India Cements have been given a clean chit in the report, he said, “The final call will be taken in the IPL GC meeting.
There was no clarity on Meiyappan’s role in the scandal and it is learnt that the inquiry commission has not given him a clean chit.
Shah, when asked whether Meiyappan has been given a clean chit, did not give any answer.
According to a source, Meiyappan has been cleared of spot-fixing in the inquiry report but could be involved in betting though there was no clear evidence.
Earlier, in an exclusive interview with TOI in May, Modi had stated that the problem with BCCI is that it has become too strong for the good of the game.
“They seem to be adopting bully-boy tactics at every turn and they certainly seem to think they’re indestructible at the moment. The pressure is mounting but no one wants to make a concerted effort to challenge them,” said Modi.
On Srinivasan’s conflict of interest, Modi added, “The board president’s ownership of Chennai is indisputable but for him, it doesn’t seem to matter. Of course it is hurting the IPL.”