More trouble for Modi as Shukla’s letter leaks out

A letter written by Rajiv Shukla to Shashank Manohar found its way to the media, revealing the details of the dealings done by Lalit Modi in the IPL.

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2010, 10:15 AM IST

Zeecric Bureau

Mumbai: A letter written by BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla to his chief Shashank Manohar found its way to the media on Saturday, revealing the details of the dealings done by IPL commissioner Lalit Modi within the extravagant T20 league.

Already under the scanner over the past few days, Modi found himself in more trouble as, according to sources, the letter written by Shukla to Manohar early this year in January questioned the very functioning of the Indian Premier League – Modi’s brainchild.

In his letter, Shukla claimed that the deals signed by Modi were malicious and that the IPL governing council was neither taken into confidence, nor informed about them.
Meanwhile, former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar has asked Modi to submit his resignation without any further hassles in the IPL governing council meeting to be held on April 26.

Deep trouble in which he already finds himself, an embattled Modi on Friday urged the BCCI to give him just five days to prepare answers for all the questions in lieu of his five-year-long services and he is unlikely to move court against IPL’s governing council meet on April 26.
“I have worked for you for five years... Give me just five days to prepare answers to all the questions,” Modi communicated to BCCI, sources close to him said.

At the same time, they said that Modi is not going to court to challenge the governing council meeting on April 26 and he is just requesting for more time.

Modi had earlier questioned the authority of BCCI secretary N Srinivasan to convene the IPL governing council meeting in the midst of the raging controversy over team ownerships and allegations of money laundering and betting.

Modi is believed to have argued that the IPL final would be played on April 25 and hence he would not have time to prepare for the governing council meeting the next day.

The BCCI had made it clear that it would go ahead with the meeting on Monday, saying that Srinivasan was empowered to convene the meeting.

If Modi skips the meeting, the governing council meeting is expected to pass a resolution to oust him from the post of IPL commissioner and chairman.