Did Lalit Modi leak information about bids to prospective bidders before the IPL 4 team auctions? That there can be no smoke without fire seems to the mantra as the IPL Chairman and Commissioner is in the dock with the Income Tax officials as well as in the BCCI.
Even as Shashi Taroor, the Minister of State for External Affairs, evaded media questions while facing up to the Congress party about a possible defense in Parliament over the Kochi team fiasco and his involvement and supposed indirect benefits from Sunanda Pushkar, Lalit Modi may also have his movements watched.
The buzz word is that Shashank Manohar, the current BCCI President, will join Modi as co-chairman of the IPL, following the chaos that seem to have consumed the nation.
But Modi’s problems are far from over. Even as the Kochi team spokesperson, Satyajit Gaikwad, alleged that the Gujarat Chief Minister and Vasundara Raje tried to convince the franchisee to change to Ahmedabad, although it met with a quick dismissal from the BJP and the Gujarat government.
M.S. Gill, the Sports Minister, had a smirk as he said, “All I can say is it is not cricket.”
And the IT people believe that as well as they conducted a sudden raid at the IPL headquarters in Mumbai, at Modi’s residence, his office in a plush five star hotel even though for all outward purposes, it was mentioned as a survey.
But it is said concerns over raised about the IPL funding and about Modi’s stake in the various franchisees through his relatives as the Burmans, Moranis, and Suresh Chellaram who is the majority stakeholder in the Rajasthan Royals with forty-four per cent.
There are also questions being raised about whether black money had found its way back into India through the cricket tournament and it appears these were raised after Taroor reportedly received death threats from one of the associates of none other than the Dawood Ibrahim gang.