Charges against Modi ratified by BCCI

July 5, 2010

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has voted unanimously to ratify the charges against suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi at a special general meeting held in Mumbai over the weekend.

The matter, which has now been handed over a disciplinary committee, will be fully investigated to determine whether civil or criminal charges should be filed against Mr Modi. The committee has until 26 October to complete its inquiry.

Modi was suspended earlier this year following the conclusion of IPL3 and was charged with financial irregularities relating to the bidding process for IPL franchises, the mid-over advertising sales and the sale of theatrical rights.

BCCI President, Shashank Manohar, said: “The house, after a deliberation and debate in the matter, resolved that the president of the board should be authorised to take all legal actions including civil and criminal for the wrongful loss caused to the board against Mr Modi and any other person. Whether it is a civil or criminal matter, we can only decide after we have probed the legality of the issue.”

Mr Modis’ lawyer, Mehmood Abdi, responded to the news, saying: “The decision taken is a legal absurdity.”