Chirayu Amin Chairman and Managing Director, Alembic takes over IPL Chairmanship

Mr Chirayu Amin (right), Chairman and Managing Director, Alembic Ltd, and Mr Pranav Amin, Chief Business Development Officer – International Markets, at a press conference in Mumbai on Wednesday to announce the company’s deal with UCB of Belgium.

Two hours, 12 men  –  that’s what it took to formally endorse the decision to suspend Lalit Modi as Chairman and Commissioner of the Indian PremierLeague (IPL).

The interim chief of the IPL is Chirayu Amin.

The Governing Council of the IPL met this morning in Mumbai to discuss the 22 charges of impropriety that were served last night, via email, to Modi, seconds after the Chennai Super-Kings won IPL3. (Read: 22 charges of financial crimes against Modi)

Modi stands accused, in a 34-page notice, of allegedly consistent venality – including accepting a multi-million dollar kickback while assigning the telecast rights for IPL matches, and attempting to rig the bids for the two new IPL teams that were auctioned last month. (Watch: IPL saga – Rise and fall of Lalit Modi)

By suspending Modi last night, the BCCI ensured that he would not be able to attend this morning’s meeting.  The decision came after Modi added yet another twist to the high-drama IPL tale, stating, on twitter, that he would chair the Governing Council meeting. Modi had earlier said he would not attend the meeting. (Read: BCCI president explains Modi’s suspension)

The only members of the governing council who were not at Monday’s meeting were Modi, politician Farooq Abdullah, who said he needs to be in Parliament.

Speaking to NDTV immediately after his suspension last night, Modi said, “Are they so scared of me attending the meeting? Are they so scared of the truth?” Modi has 15 days to respond to the 34-page chargesheet.  At the closing ceremony for IPL 3 last night, Modi channeled his quintessential bravado to assert that he is the undisputed leader of the IPL and that nofinancial misdeeds were committed.  Referring to himself as “Captain of the team”, he said that all deals had included the approval of the Governing Council. (Modi to NDTV: Are they afraid of the truth?) | (Read: Text of Modi’s speech after IPL final)

The members of that governing council don’t quite see it that way.  Its world view suggests that Modi functioned as a lone ranger, striking deals that benefited largely himself.   For example, the council says it was not privy to Modi’s complicated negotiation of the telecast rights for IPL matches for which an 80 million dollar “facilitation fee” or commission was paid by Multi-Screen Media (MSM) to World Sports Group (WSG), which held the global broadcast rights.  Mod, who brokered that deal, is accused by the BCCI of siphoning off a part of this money.  (Both MSM and WSG have emphasized that the commission was a part of their official contract, and that no financial rules were broken. Income tax officials investigating the deal believe that at the very least, 140 crores in tax is due for that giant commission).

The BCCI also makes the equally damaging accusation that Modi tried to rig the bids for the two franchises that were sold last month.  He was stopped, they say, by BCCI members.

The BCCI is now conducting an internal inquiry against Modi.

What remains a gray area is why the BCCI has waited so long to pin Modi down, if it was aware all along of at least some of the grotesqueries he was committing.  Trying to rig an auction of teams is, by any standards, a colossal no-no. So why did the BCCI wait to out him?



Chirayu Amin appointed interim IPL chairman

Baroda Cricket Association President Chirayu Amin was appointed the interim Chairman of the Indian Premier League in place of the high-flying Lalit Modi, who came in for a scathing attack from BCCI President Shashank Manohar here on Monday.

The decision to appoint Amin was taken at the crucial meeting of the IPL Governing Council, which lasted close to one and a half hour.

Addressing a press conference after the meeting, Manohar said Modi would be charged on five counts — shady initial bids of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, a suspect broadcast deal with Sony, bid rigging of two new franchises this year and his behavioral pattern.

“The chargesheet was discussed and the Committee also appointed Chirayu Amin as the interim chairman. BCCI CAO Ratnakar Shetty will look into all the records,” Manohar said.

Manohar also said that some important documents were missing from the Board and IPL offices.

“Many documents are missing from the IPL and BCCI offices. Income Tax department has been asking for them but we don’t have them. Like the papers of the broadcast deal with Sony are not with us. IT department is asking for these documents but we can’t give them because they are not with us,” Manohar said. Manohar said the next IPL’s planning would be taken careof by former India captains and Governing Council members Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and M A K Pataudi.

“With regards to the 2011 IPL, Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and M A K Pataudi will decide the modalities of holding three foreign and four Indian players after discussing with the franchises,” he said.

For all the allegations against Modi, Manohar said if he manages to convince the Board of his innocence in his reply, the inquiry proceedings against him would be dropped.

“It is the duty of the Board to look into the allegations and to have an inquiry it is important to suspend the person concerned.

It’s not punishment. The person has to be kept out of the Board’s functioning to ensure a free and fair inquiry.

“The Board would hold an inquiry and if Modi’s reply convinces the members, proceedings would be dropped,” he said.

Manohar, insisting that the Governing Council was not even aware of Modi’s modus operandi, claimed that the most public faces of Rajasthan Royals, Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and her businessman husband Raj Kundra, don’t even figure in the shareholding papers.

“We are asking Modi, how can he sign an agreement with A when the bid came from B. Modi made a statement that the entire world knows who the shareholders are but the fact is that not even the Governing Council members know about Rajasthan Royals. I did not find the names of Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra in the papers and they claim to be stakeholders,” he revealed.

Asked whether the Board was worried about Modi’s threats of exposing other BCCI office-bearers, Manohar said there was no concern.

“The BCCI is not worried. If there are other others guilty, we will sack them and take the same action,” he said.

ஐபிஎல் இடைக்காலத் தலைவராக சிரயு அமீன் நியமனம்

மும்பை: ஐபிஎல் [^] அமைப்பின் இடைக்கால ஆணையராக சிரயு அமீன் நியமிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளார்.

பெரும் பரபரப்பை ஏற்படுத்திய ஐபிஎல் ஆட்சிமன்றக் குழுக் கூட்டம் இன்று நடந்தது. இந்திய கிரிக்கெட் வாரியத் தலைவர் சஷாங் மனோகர் தலைமையில் மோடியைத் தவிர அனைவரும் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

இக்கூட்டத்திற்குப் பின்னர் செய்தியாளர்களிடம் மனோகர் பேசுகையில், ஐபிஎல் அமைப்பின் இடைக்கால ஆணையராக சிரயு அமீன் நியமிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளார்.

ஐபிஎல் நிர்வாகத்தைக் கவனிக்க சுனில் கவாஸ்கர், ரவி சாஸ்திரி, மன்சூர் அலிகான் பட்டோடி ஆகியோரைக் கொண்ட குழு அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இவர்கள் அமீனுக்கு உதவி செய்வார்கள் என்றார்.

சிரயு அமீன் இந்திய கிரிக்கெட் வாரியத் துணைத் தலைவராக இருக்கிறார். பரோடா கிரிக்கெட் சங்கத் தலைவராகவும் செயல்பட்டு வருகிறார்.

அமீன் ஆலம்பிக் கெமிக்கல்ஸ் என்ற நிறுவனத்தின் உரிமையாளர் என்பது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது.

முன்னதாக 2 மணி நேரம் நடந்த ஐபிஎல் ஆட்சிமன்றக் குழுக்கூட்டத்தின்போது யார் அடுத்த தலைவர் என்பது குறித்து தீவிரமாக ஆராயப்பட்டது. மனோகரையே அந்தப் பொறுப்பை வகிக்குமாறு வலியுறுத்தப்பட்டது. ஆனால் அதை மனோகர் மறுத்து விட்டார்.

பின்னர் செய்தியாளர்களிடம் மனோகர் பேசுகையில், ஐபிஎல்லின் பல ஆவணங்கள் மாயமாகியுள்ளது. இதுகுறித்து ரத்னாகர் ஷெட்டி விசாரிப்பார்.

மோடி மீதான குற்றச்சாட்டுக்களுக்கு அவர் அளித்த பதில் திருப்தி தரவில்லை. இதனால்தான் சஸ்பெண்ட் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்பட்டது. அவர் மீதான குற்றச்சாட்டுக்கள் தவறு என்று நிரூபிக்கப்பட்டால் அவை நிச்சயம் கைவிடப்படும்.

ஐபிஎல் என்பது மிகப் பெரிய சொத்து. அது தனிப்பட்ட யாருக்கும் சொந்தமானதல்ல. சஸ்பெண்ட் நடவடிக்கை என்பது தண்டனை அல்ல. நியாயமான விசாரணைக்கு வழியேற்படுத்தும்வகையிலான நடவடிக்கைதான்.

ஐபிஎல்லின் நடவடிக்கைகள் ஒளிவுமறைவில்லாமல் இருக்க வேண்டியது அவசியமாகும்.

ஜூன் மாதம் மீண்டும் ஐபிஎல் ஆட்சிமன்றக் குழுக் கூட்டம் நடைபெறும் என்றார் மனோகர்

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