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IT officials satisfied after inquiry: Lalit Modi

Last updated on: April 16, 2010 11:43 IST

Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi on Friday said that IT officials went back satisfied after the 8-hour questioning.

Modi was questioned for as long as eight hours over the financial dealings and share holding patterns of the cricketing body as Income Tax officials left his Worli-based office early on Friday.

Modi said that the IT sleuths sought details of two new teams and all bidders.

"I was quizzed for only 15-20 minutes on details on Kochi and Pune teams and bidders. We are open to any scrutiny. We are transparent and have nothing to hide," Modi said.

Asked if IT officials had sought details about other teams that were bid three years ago, Modi said, "They had asked few questions on it and after they were told that information is in public domain, they did not seek further details."

Meanwhile, Professor Ratnakar Shetty, CEO of the BCCI, said that a meeting of the IPL Governing council on April 24 will decide Modi's fate.

BCCI also said that the IT officials visited Modi's office only to examine documents of the first two seasons of the IPL.

Sources have said that the IT department has created a special cell here to keep a tab on all income generated by the IPL and maintained that the probe has been initiated to find out if there is any illegal flow of funds or whether any black money is being pumped into the sporting extravaganza including from foreign shores.

Amid reports that BCCI President Shashank Manohar is likely to be appointed Co-Chairman of IPL, the former chief of the Board and Union Minister Sharad Pawar has virtually ruled out such a possibility.

"Since Manohar is BCCI President, it would not be proper to jointly head the IPL, which is a sub-committee of the apex cricketing body in the country," Pawar said.

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