Lalit Modi, who was the driving force behind the inception of the IPL, remains to be the centre of attraction as the controversy surrounding him thickens. Modi is recently in the news, as a certain nexus between him and a few high profile Indian politicians was unearthed and brought to light.
Ever since Modi left the country post the 2010 edition of the IPL, the media was abuzz with his proximity to several Indian politicians. A committee then headed by the current Indian Finance Minster Arun Jaitley in its verdict pronounced Modi to be guilty on eight counts of indiscipline and misconduct during his tenure as the Chairman of the IPL. As a result of the investigations, Modi’s passport was retracted by the Indian government, thus leaving him with no option other than setting up his base in UK.
Recently, developments emerged stating that Sushma Swaraj, India’s External Affairs Minister helped Modi in travelling out of UK after she helped him in securing some important documents. The lid was blown off the controversy by the Sunday Times, who stated that the Modi could only travel to Portugal due to Swaraj’s assistance. Modi had sought a travel certificate from the British government, which the authorities refused as Modi was a fugitive as per the Indian Law. Then Swaraj intervened and said that she had no hesitation in Modi travelling.
Lalit Modi opened up on the matter and spoke to India Today. In his interview he also divulged details about the committee which investigated him. The former IPL boss also spilled beans about the behind the scene details of the 2009 IPL, which was under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate.
Modi said in the interview, “Jaitley was part of the process of moving it to South Africa. So was Mr. Srinivasan. So was Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia. So was Mr Pawar. I was just a member of that committee. The decision was taken by the committee.”
“I have said the BCCI was wrong in the way they operated the financial accounts in South Africa. That’s the basis on which the ED has penalised the BCCI for Rs 1600 crore.”
“It is my reply to the ED which says very clearly that (then BCCI president) Shashank Manohar proposed that the BCCI should open accounts in South Africa subject to RBI approval. I was excluded by Mr Srinivasan’s office in their financial process.”
“He said in writing, ‘I am deciding how the bank accounts will be operated, and I will decide how the money will be transferred.’ He made a committee – and this is the core connection – and he decided not to take the Reserve Bank of India’s approval, and decided on that basis to transfer money out. I had no role to play in that and I have shown clearly in my documentation to that effect.”