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Modi's exit foregone conclusion: BCCI sources

Last updated on: April 19, 2010 15:34 IST

Lalit Modi's days as the IPL Commissioner appear to be numbered as the BCCI's top brass has more or less made up its mind to remove the high-flying administrator who has triggered a political storm and brought the BCCI under the Income Tax scanner.

The stand against Modi has hardened over the last few days as the rapidly-developing events surrounding Kochi franchise's stakeholding pattern has opened a pandora's box about financial irregularities in the IPL.

Modi himself is under fire for allegedly helping his family and friends buy stakes in various IPL teams.

His tweets about Kochi's shareholding created a political storm as it emerged that Minister of State for External Affair Shashi Tharoor's close friend Sunanda Pushkar had sweat equity worth Rs 70 crore. Tharoor had to resign, while Pushkar also gave up her stake in Kochi franchise.

"Modi's exit is a foregone conclusion. The BCCI members are extremely unhappy in the manner in which he brought about this controversy," a top BCCI source informed.

"Never in the history of BCCI has the Income Tax sleuths raided the offices. It has not only tarnished the image of the Board but has also sullied the IPL brand," the source said.

Support for the beleaguered Modi, who is in Dubai to attend an ICC Executive Board meeting, appears to be dwindling within the BCCI.

Though heavyweight Sharad Pawar is said to be backing Modi, none of the other bigwigs seem to be in the mood to defend him this time around.

Tharoor's resignation from the government has also led to intense speculation that the centre would target Modi now and the BCCI does not want to be caught in the cross-fire.

BCCI spokesman Rajiv Shukla, however, maintains that the issue will be discussed and reports of Modi being downsized are a mere media speculation.

"All the allegations (against Modi) and other issues would be discussed in the Governing Council meeting.

"BCCI Working Committee meeting has been postponed to May 2 because all things have to be discussed in the Governing Council meeting first. There is no point in having a Working Committee meeting before that," added the BCCI Media and Finance Committee chairman.

The Governing Council meeting is expected to be held on April 26, a day after the final of the IPL. No date has yet been officially announced.

Modi detractors have already prepared the groundwork to ease him out of the Commissioner's post. There has also been talk of passing a resolution in the council meeting to remove him but no confirmation could be obtained.

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