April 18, 2010

Bcci hits Back at Modi's Deffence

Modi had earlier e-mailed BCCI President Shashank Manohar, saying Board secretary N Srinivasan had no authority to convene any meeting and as IPL commissioner, only Modi had the power to decide the time and venue.

He also made it clear that N Srinivasan, BCCI secretary had no authority to decide any such IPL meeting as he is also involved with the Chennai IPL team.

Modi wanted the meeting to be postponed to May 1 instead of April 26 as he needed time to prepare and circulate the agenda and his case for defence against the various charges.

The BCCI retorted to Modi’s defiance, saying they can still hold the meeting on Monday and they have the required consensus of a 2/3rd majority to oust Modi.

The IPL supremo, according to sources, argued that he needed time to argue his case against the several allegations levelled by various parties.

The top brass within the BCCI, however, want to go ahead with the meeting in any case despite Modi threatening not to attend on April 26, a day after the IPL final.
The flamboyant IPL chief has been under fire since he revealed the stake holders behind the Kochi franchisee which led to Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor’s resignation. The Indian Government has since turned on the heat on the IPL including several franchisee offices across Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.

The BCCI, on Wednesday said they will not hesitate to take harsh steps.

"The question of people refusing to back down or not, they don't matter. After the meeting between BCCI President Shashank Manohar and Sharad Pawar yesterday, it has been decided that in the April 26 Governing Council meeting, we will sit together and unanimously decide what to do," Shukla told reporters here.

"These decisions would in the interest of cricket and the BCCI. No matter how harsh they might seem, decisions would be taken to protect the BCCI and cricket's image in the country.

We have never compromised on our image in the past 60 years and there would be no compromise this time too," he added.

Meanwhile, Gujarat-based industrial house Adani said it was in possession of copies of its bid for IPL franchise and was ready to share it with authorities probing alleged irregularities in the cricket franchise auction.

Adani, which failed to win either of the two franchises put up for auction by IPL last month, claimed no wrong-doing saying it was "on the right side of the law."

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had told Parliament on Monday that departments concerned were looking into all allegations against the Indian Premier League, which runs the hugely famous 20-20 cricket tournament.

There were allegations that bid documents of Adani and Videocon, who were among the bidders for the two franchises that finally went to Sahara and Rendezvous Sports, were missing.

"The copies of the bid documents (of the second round) submitted by us have been retained by us and we are ready to provide the same to the authorities, as we are perfectly on the right side of the law," Adani said in a statement.

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