Mumbai: After seeking a five-day extension to reply to all the charges levied against him, Lalit Modi, the suspended chairman and commissioner for the Indian Premier League (IPL), sent in his reply to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) through counsel Mehmood M Abdi on Saturday.
Abdi, arrived at the BCCI headquarter in Mumbai at 6:15 pm, armed with several boxes containing documents in response to the charge-sheet filed against Modi. The boxes, said Abdi, contained approximately 12,000 pages of documents and were handed over to Professor Ratnakar Shetty, who had been appointed by the board to look into all the documents and records related to the league.
Along with Modi’s response to the allegations and charges, the boxes apparently also held missing documents, that had been sought by the BCCI as well as government agencies, such as the franchisee agreements, bid documents and sponsorship agreements, among others. This could not be independently confirmed by Mint.
“All the issues listed in the charge-sheet have been addressed,” said Abdi, adding that it was now up to the BCCI president to look into the matter and roll back the suspension and restore Modi to all the posts he held prior to his suspension in April. The suspension, had been communicated to Modi late night on 25 April, following Chennai Super King’s win over the Mumbai Indians in the IPL III final. “The president will find that we have provided an adequate reply, and that every issue has been properly, fully and sufficiently dealt with.”
While he refused to comment on media speculation that Modi had been building a strong case against two governing council members, Abdi maintained that his client had taken objection to any reports maintaining that the governing council members were not aware of the decisions being taken by Modi and the IPL.
This was in reply, to BCCI president Shashank Manohar’s statement during a media briefing, which absolved the governing council members of any responsibility. “All of us work here as honorary members…It is the job of professionals and executives appointed by company to do that job. If you expect the members of governing council each morning and look at each and every thing (documents and contracts), then we don’t need anyone else, we don’t need to pay IMG Rs27crores, we don’t need to have a COO (Sundar Raman) to run the IPL. It is their job to do this.”
Of all the allegations levied against him, the board had brought up five main issues including the bids by the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab franchisees during season one of the IPL, the broadcasting deal with Multi Screen Media Ltd, alleged interference during bid of two new IPL franchisees early this year, awarding of the internet rights and the last with regard to his behavioural pattern, for leaking confidential information about the Kochi team’s shareholding, on Twitter.