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Modi likely to reply to IPL chargesheet next week

May 04, 2010 19:45 IST

Suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi is likely to give next week his reply on charges levelled against him by the governing council.

Modi is in the process of formulating responses to various issues, including his relationship with Rajasthan Royals part owner Chellaram, raised by the IPL governing council on Monday last, sources said.

After the IPL Governing Council meeting on April 26, BCCI president Shashank Manohar had told reporters that contrary to Modi's claims that everybody knew about his relationship with Chellaram, the members of governing council were not aware of the stakeholders of Rajasthan Royals.

Sources said that the reply to Modi would address in specific details about the information shared with council members and their public statements right from the inaugural edition of the IPL.

When contacted, IPL vice-chairman Niranjan Shah said that Modi had introduced Chellaram as his brother-in law and "everybody knew about it."

Responding to his purported statement in 2008 as spokesperson of BCCI that he did not care about the Modi-Chellaram relationship, Shah said "but it was his (Modi's) responsibility as IPL chairman to give the complete shareholding details.

"Though I knew Chellaram and his relationship, I was not aware of his role in Rajasthan Royals," he said.

Modi was suspended within minutes of IPL-3 final in Mumbai and was next day served a chargesheet on  impropriety, financial dealings of IPL and hiding his relationship with many of the promoters in different teams including Kings XI Punjab.

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