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No surprises as IPL poster boy Modi gets life ban

Beleaguered former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi met the predicted end, as the Indian cricket board expelled him for life during a Special General Meeting (SGM) here on Wednesday.

Published: 26th September 2013 08:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2013 08:38 AM   |  A+A-

Beleaguered former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi met the predicted end, as the Indian cricket board expelled him for life during a Special General Meeting (SGM) here on Wednesday.

If the duration of the meeting was an indication, the board was unanimous in its verdict. According to top sources, the meeting that began at 2 pm didn’t extend beyond 30 minutes, and none of the 29 members present, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association was the lone absentee, raised any objection to the motion.

Sources said Haryana Cricket Association secretary Anirudh Chaudhary put forth the proposal and was backed by Orissa Cricket Association president Ranjib Biswal. Even the State units apparently opposed to BCCI president N Srinivasan — Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh — supported the decision.

Board secretary Sanjay Patel said the SGM discussed the disciplinary committee’s report on the alleged “misconduct and indiscipline” Modi had committed during his tenure as IPL chief. It also considered Modi’s letter to the BCCI secretary to postpone the SGM.

Modi made a last-ditch effort to stay the SGM by filing a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court, which, however, dismissed it.

The board’s decision would prevent Modi, found guilty on different charges by the disciplinary committee, from holding any post in the BCCI hereafter. Modi’s lawyer Mehmood Abdi said they would challenge the verdict.  agm boost for srini: P16

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