Is the BCCI chief afraid of truth, asks Lalit Modi?

New Delhi: Indian Premier League commissioner and chairman Lalit Modi, who has been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), said in the wee hours on Monday that he could not fathom why he was being kept out of the Governing Council (GC) meeting of the Indian Premier League scheduled a few hours later.

"Are they scared of truth?" asked Modi on the board president`s move to bar him from attending the meeting.

Modi, who referred to the off-field happenings of the last few days at the IPL closing ceremony, sounded bitter and at the same time, combative when he said every decision of his was approved in the GC as well as by the board and accepted the responsibility for any error of judgment in discharging his duties as IPL chairman and commissioner.

Asked if he would still try to attend the meeting, Modi told a news channel that how could he do so when he has been suspended, adding that he would wait for his turn.

The outgoing chairman, however, said "no comment" when asked whether he would challenge the decision in the courts.

In his speech at the prize distribution, Modi received huge applause when he thanked the people of the country for making the IPL a great sporting event.