New Delhi - -Disgraced Indian Premier League founder Lalit Modi was on Wednesday
banned for life from holding any cricket post, three years after being
thrown out of his own popular, but tainted, Twenty20 league.
general body of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which
met in Chennai, accepted the verdict of its disciplinary panel that
found Modi guilty of "serious" acts of indiscipline and misconduct.
BCCI resolved that Lalit Modi is guilty of committing acts of
serious misconduct and indiscipline, and therefore he is hereby expelled
from the board," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.
shall forfeit all his rights and privileges as administrator. He shall
not in future be entitled to hold any position or office, or be admitted
in any committee or any member or associate member of the BCCI."
was found guilty, among other things, of rigging bids during the
franchise auction in 2010, selling media and internet rights without
authorisation and secretly trying to create a rebel T20 league in
England without the knowledge of the Indian and England boards.
BCCI announced its decision soon after a last-ditch effort by Modi's
lawyers to get the meeting put off was rejected by the Supreme Court
earlier on Wednesday.
Modi, who now lives in self-exile in London,
currently holds no post in the BCCI, having already been removed as IPL
chairperson and BCCI vice-president after the conclusion of the third
edition of the tournament in 2010.
The 49-year-old scion of a
business family, who is also being investigated by the government on
corruption and money-laundering charges, has in the past denied all
allegations against him.
The life ban is unrelated to the
spot-fixing and betting scandals currently swirling around the IPL which
has led to players, book makers and others being charged over their
Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of current
BCCI chief N. Srinivasan and a former team principal of IPL side Chennai
Super Kings, was among those charged with cheating, forgery and
criminal conspiracy on Saturday over the betting scandal.
players from the Rajasthan Royals team, international fast bowler
Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and upcoming spinner Ankeet Chavan, have been
banned for life by the BCCI, after they were among those charged over
the spot-fixing scandal.
The IPL, which began in 2008, features
the world's top players signed up for huge fees by rich business houses
and individuals in a glitzy mix of sport and entertainment.
news organisations, including Agence France-Presse (AFP), have
suspended their on-field coverage of matches hosted by the BCCI since
last year after the board imposed restrictions on picture agencies.