Mumbai: Baroda Cricket Association president Chirayu Amin was appointed the interim chairman of the Indian Premier League in place of the high-flying Lalit Modi, who came in for a scathing attack from BCCI president Shashank Manohar here on Monday.
The decision to appoint Amin was taken at the crucial meeting of the IPL governing council, which lasted close to one and a half hour.
Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Manohar said Modi would be charged on five counts -- shady initial bids of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, a suspect broadcast deal with Sony, bid rigging of two new franchises this year and his behavioural pattern.
“The chargesheet was discussed and the committee also appointed Chirayu Amin as the interim chairman. BCCI CAO Ratnakar Shetty will look into all the records,” Manohar said.
Manohar also said that some important documents were missing from the Board and IPL offices.
“Many documents are missing from the IPL and BCCI offices. Income Tax department has been asking for them but we don’t have them. Like the papers of the broadcast deal with Sony are not with us. IT department is asking for these documents but we can’t give them because they are not with us,” Manohar said.
Manohar said the next IPL’s planning would be taken care
of by former India captains and Governing Council members Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and M A K Pataudi.
“With regards to the 2011 IPL, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and M A K Pataudi will decide the modalities of holding three foreign and four Indian players after discussing with the franchises,” he said.
For all the allegations against Modi, Manohar said if he manages to convince the Board of his innocence in his reply, the inquiry proceedings against him would be dropped.
“It is the duty of the Board to look into the allegations and to have an inquiry it is important to suspend the person concerned. It’s not punishment. The person has to be kept out of the Board’s functioning to ensure a free and fair inquiry.
“The Board would hold an inquiry and if Modi’s reply convinces the members, proceedings would be dropped,” he said.
Manohar, insisting that the Governing Council was not even aware of Modi’s modus operandi, claimed that the most public faces of Rajasthan Royals, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and her businessman husband Raj Kundra, don’t even figure in the shareholding papers.
“We are asking Modi, how can he sign an agreement with A when the bid came from B. Modi made a statement that the entire world knows who the shareholders are but the fact is that not even the governing council members know about Rajasthan Royals. I did not find the names of Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra in the papers and they claim to be stakeholders,” he revealed.
Asked whether the Board was worried about Modi’s threats of exposing other BCCI office-bearers, Manohar said there was no concern.
“The BCCI is not worried. If there are other others guilty, we will sack them and take the same action,” he said.