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September 2, 2013
The rise and fall of Modi
The BCCI is set to ban former IPL chairman Lalit Modi for life in a Special General Meeting in Chennai on September 25. The SGM will act upon the report filed by a special disciplinary committee constituted to look into various charges related to financial irregularity against Modi.
The committee, comprising BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitley, former IPL chairman Chirayu Amin and BCCI's finance committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia, had filed a 500-page report in July after investigating charges against Modi, who was suspended minutes after the conclusion of the IPL 2010 final.
Despite the board being divided over president N Srinivasan's role in handling the spot-fixing scandal that rocked IPL 2013, the SGM is set to unanimously ban Modi from BCCI. "The committee has suggested a life ban and almost everyone is set to back the recommendation," a BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo. "Despite the existing differences, the meeting should get over quite quickly."
SGMs, which strictly discuss a pre-fixed agenda, require a three-fourth mandate for a decision to be ratified. This effectively means that 24 votes would be enough to get Modi banned in a house of 31 votes, including 27 full members, National Cricket Club in Kolkata, Cricket Club of India in Mumbai, All-India Universities and the president's vote.
Following the revelations of irregularities in the bidding process and ownership patterns of certain franchisees, the BCCI had laid down several charges against Modi and appointed a committee of Jaitley, Amin and then BCCI president Shashank Manohar. Following Modi's charges that Manohar harboured a personal bias against him, an SGM in July 2010 had inducted Scindia into the committee in place of Manohar and also ratified the charges against Modi.
If Modi is handed a life ban at the SGM, his only route back to cricket administration in India will be through the courts.
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