Endgame: Sharad Pawar abandons Lalit Modi
Tuesday, 20th April 2010
Lalit Modi is left with no other option but to step down as the Commissioner of Indian Premier League. Union Agriculture Minister and International Cricket Council president-in-waiting Sharad Pawar met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi on Tuesday where it was decided that Pawar would ask Modi to resign as IPL Commissioner.
Earlier in the day Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Shashank Manohar met Pawar to discuss allegations of betting and financial irregularities against Modi. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the IPL chief could be removed after the tournament gets over on April 25.
Sources say Pawar told Manohar that Modi will go. A final meeting could take place between Pawar and Modi on Wednesday. Sources say the final decision on Modi's ouster will be taken by Tuesday evening but ratified only after the IPL governing council meeting on April 26.
Most of the BCCI members are united in their demand for Modi's exit. Manohar has reportedly provided some papers as well to Pawar giving details of land dealings done by Modi.
Publication : Ibn Live