Indian Premier League 2010 April 13, 2010

BCCI raps Modi over Kochi revelations on Twitter

Cricinfo staff
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The controversy over the revelation of the Kochi franchise's ownership details has taken a new, and possibly more serious, twist with ramifications beyond the IPL and the BCCI. In the past 24 hours Shashank Manohar, the BCCI president, has written a strongly worded letter to the IPL commissioner Lalit Modi criticising his decision to make public the ownership details, while Shashi Tharoor, a minister in the Congress-led federal government and a moving force behind the Kochi bid, has responded to charges of a conflict of interest by calling it an "extraordinary breach of all propriety" by Modi designed to discredit the franchise and disqualify the ownership.

For his part, Modi is reported to have responded to Manohar's letter by saying his revelations on Twitter were "in no way a breach of confidentiality". He went on to say that the Kochi franchise had "a lot to hide and as such have lied about who are the actual owners of the shares."

"I have minutes of what they [Kochi franchise] said at the meeting. And, in fact, when I questioned who the shareholders were, they had no answer," Modi wrote. "They said they would revert back. Within minutes of me asking the same, I got a call from Shashi Tharoor asking me not to ask about who these shareholders are. You [Manohar] had mentioned that we should ignore who this owner is, but our condition requires us to authenticate who they are.

"I am happy to disclose all the facts at the next governing council meeting. As regards not raising it at the time of the tender - we didn't have the foresight to go through the voluminous documents attached to verify each and every shareholder. As regards many other things I have said on my Twitter account, they have actually not been any classified information. It's factual and only something we have or would have put into the public domain."

The BCCI's only official response to the developments was an announcement, made through a vice-president, Rajeev Shukla, that a meeting of the IPL Governing Council would be convened within 10 days to "discuss all the issues and take a decision".

In his letter, as reported in the Times of India, Manohar chided Modi for revealing the stakes of Kochi's owners, saying the BCCI was a body that "functions in accordance with its constitution" and not through the media.

"The issue, if any, could have been discussed at the governing council meeting and that action on your part of raising it on Twitter is unbecoming of you as a chairman of the a sub-committee of the board. Your action is in serious breach of the confidentiality clause in the agreement," Manohar wrote. "Till date, you have made public statements about a lot of issues which were not even discussed in the meetings of the governing council when it is the governing council which has the authority to take decisions with regard to each and every issue related to IPL."

Tharoor's part in the story stems from his relationship with Sunanda Pushkar, one of those listed by Modi as having free equity in the Kochi franchise. While media reports suggest they have plans to marry, Tharoor in his statement referred to her as someone he knew well but said there was no material gain from it. He said he had "neither invested nor received a rupee for my mentorship of the team… Whatever my personal relationships with any of the consortium members, I do not intend to benefit in any way financially from my association with the team now or at a later stage."

Tharoor said the consortium's successful bid in the March 21 auction "upset the plans of a lot of powerful people, who had wanted the franchise to go elsewhere". He said "attempts were made by Modi and others to pressure the consortium members to abandon their bid in favour of another city in a different state".

He also denied Modi's charge that he had called the IPL commissioner and asked him not to probe the ownership structure. He had called Modi, he conceded, but "only to ask why he was further delaying the approval of the franchise when all the legal requirements had been fulfilled".

"I called Mr Modi to ask why he was further delaying the approval of the franchise when all the legal requirements had been fulfilled.. Mr Modi had held up approval by the IPL of the franchisee agreement earlier in the day, by insisting on the reversal of a change in the document that he himself had earlier suggested.

"This change was made, the consortium members flew to Bangalore and met with Mr Modi after that night's IPL game for what they had been told would be a routine exercise. Instead they were submitted to a barrage of questions which led some to suspect that Mr Modi was seeking a further excuse to delay approval. This was the reason for my intervention with Mr Modi. Had he conducted himself in good faith throughout, no call would have been necessary."

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  • SettingSun on April 15, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Actually, forget Benny Hill. Maybe Mr Modi might want to try a great song by The Kinks called Sunny Afternoon instead. The lyrics just about sum up current events perfectly, I'd say.

  • vkishore on April 15, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    As a passionate and true indian cricket fan I urge the ICC to immediately investigate the BCCI and IPL. It is being run by the biggest fraudsters in the world. Kindly save the indian public from these thieves. The BCCI and IPL have no moral authority to run cricket in india. People like Mr.Kapil Dev should be allowed to run cricket in india.

  • ajay_sensible on April 15, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    For the few Modi supporters here, how come Modi just singled out Kochi????

    What about Rajasthan, Punjab, Kolkata and other franchises...

    This talentt promotion is just a hog wash, its about making millions/billions by playing with Indian people's sentiments

    Karban kamal cathc, city moment, mrf....damn is that cricket???

    Compare it wath an ashes series...you see the difference in Class

    Modi has a criminal background, check wikipedia and he's showing the same traits again by bringing illegal money in India, which could prove to be disastrous for our Country. Remember so many attacks happening in different Countries due to dishonest people who fund illegal money for wrong activities. This could really turn out to be the place where it all began when we think of it 4 years down the line. It has to be stopped right away!

  • Bruce_Cool on April 15, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    I hope that this controversy does not affect current or any future IPLs...

  • Rake1 on April 14, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Kochi franchise: "We were offered $50m to quit - investors thought that since they had worked hard for the last six-seven months to get this bid, they did not agree." Surely $50m for 6-7 months work is not bad unless!!!

  • Rajesh. on April 14, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    Whoever is speaking the truth, this was bound to happen..........with all the money involved with the IPL these things were bound to happen some day or the other...............

  • on April 14, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    "Modi's brother-in-law Suresh Chelaram apparently holds the maximum 44.1 percent stake in Rajasthan Royals while Gaurav's brother Mohit is the co-owner of Kings XI Punjab". Modi should think twice before talking about nepotism!

  • rohan024 on April 14, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    I say let Modi tweet, let Tharoor mentor others, let Sunanda get equity, let SRK dance nude, let thugs/underworld buy teams, let it become the biggest issue in media and in parliament, let Yuvraj singh sulk, let Gambhir walk the talk....but for god's sake please please ask Sharad Pawar to resign from BCCI and look after his ministry of agriculture. I am shocked that this issue is never raised when agriculture still forms the backbone of more than 50% of our population...Why is Sharad Pawar spending time on cricket when he should be spending time in his office in Delhi ? Who will ever ask Sharad Pawar to resign from BCCI ?

  • SettingSun on April 14, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Oh, Lalit. Ever thought of adopting the Benny Hill music as your theme?

  • Southindian28 on April 14, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    I can see lot of different opinions here supporting both the parties, which is nice, why is that when it comes to Kerala, it seems everyone voicing their comments.Kerala cine stars first approached IPL for team Kochis franchise. suddenly Mr Modi`s hiked up the bidding which everyones is aware, why this is not done for others, when BCCI cautioned the commissioner he reduced the amount, he thinks he can do anything he wants, this is high time THE GOVT should involve and appoint people like TN Seshan to govern IPL. where everything will come to light all hanky panky business from all the members. Tharoor is the first minister to tweet which has increased focus on him, mind you all he has done a very good job at the UN, he would have been UN Sec Gen, if Europe has not blocked the candidate from India.. keep up the good work Mr Tharoor.

    Proud Southindian

  • SettingSun on April 15, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    Actually, forget Benny Hill. Maybe Mr Modi might want to try a great song by The Kinks called Sunny Afternoon instead. The lyrics just about sum up current events perfectly, I'd say.

  • vkishore on April 15, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    As a passionate and true indian cricket fan I urge the ICC to immediately investigate the BCCI and IPL. It is being run by the biggest fraudsters in the world. Kindly save the indian public from these thieves. The BCCI and IPL have no moral authority to run cricket in india. People like Mr.Kapil Dev should be allowed to run cricket in india.

  • ajay_sensible on April 15, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    For the few Modi supporters here, how come Modi just singled out Kochi????

    What about Rajasthan, Punjab, Kolkata and other franchises...

    This talentt promotion is just a hog wash, its about making millions/billions by playing with Indian people's sentiments

    Karban kamal cathc, city moment, mrf....damn is that cricket???

    Compare it wath an ashes series...you see the difference in Class

    Modi has a criminal background, check wikipedia and he's showing the same traits again by bringing illegal money in India, which could prove to be disastrous for our Country. Remember so many attacks happening in different Countries due to dishonest people who fund illegal money for wrong activities. This could really turn out to be the place where it all began when we think of it 4 years down the line. It has to be stopped right away!

  • Bruce_Cool on April 15, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    I hope that this controversy does not affect current or any future IPLs...

  • Rake1 on April 14, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Kochi franchise: "We were offered $50m to quit - investors thought that since they had worked hard for the last six-seven months to get this bid, they did not agree." Surely $50m for 6-7 months work is not bad unless!!!

  • Rajesh. on April 14, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    Whoever is speaking the truth, this was bound to happen..........with all the money involved with the IPL these things were bound to happen some day or the other...............

  • on April 14, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    "Modi's brother-in-law Suresh Chelaram apparently holds the maximum 44.1 percent stake in Rajasthan Royals while Gaurav's brother Mohit is the co-owner of Kings XI Punjab". Modi should think twice before talking about nepotism!

  • rohan024 on April 14, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    I say let Modi tweet, let Tharoor mentor others, let Sunanda get equity, let SRK dance nude, let thugs/underworld buy teams, let it become the biggest issue in media and in parliament, let Yuvraj singh sulk, let Gambhir walk the talk....but for god's sake please please ask Sharad Pawar to resign from BCCI and look after his ministry of agriculture. I am shocked that this issue is never raised when agriculture still forms the backbone of more than 50% of our population...Why is Sharad Pawar spending time on cricket when he should be spending time in his office in Delhi ? Who will ever ask Sharad Pawar to resign from BCCI ?

  • SettingSun on April 14, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Oh, Lalit. Ever thought of adopting the Benny Hill music as your theme?

  • Southindian28 on April 14, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    I can see lot of different opinions here supporting both the parties, which is nice, why is that when it comes to Kerala, it seems everyone voicing their comments.Kerala cine stars first approached IPL for team Kochis franchise. suddenly Mr Modi`s hiked up the bidding which everyones is aware, why this is not done for others, when BCCI cautioned the commissioner he reduced the amount, he thinks he can do anything he wants, this is high time THE GOVT should involve and appoint people like TN Seshan to govern IPL. where everything will come to light all hanky panky business from all the members. Tharoor is the first minister to tweet which has increased focus on him, mind you all he has done a very good job at the UN, he would have been UN Sec Gen, if Europe has not blocked the candidate from India.. keep up the good work Mr Tharoor.

    Proud Southindian

  • cricster67 on April 14, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    @Anil Thomas: There is a reason why when something shady is happening, people need to worry about it even when they are not directly affected by it. You should have asked for more transparency to begin with (for Rajasthan, Kol and others). Or, you can ask for it now. But, it is wrong to support less transparency at any time, as that basically supports corruption. I wish Kochi well and hope they get a team. But, I think corruption is an issue bigger than Kochi. If there is hush money involved, Kochi should be asked to get an alternate shareholder or not be given a franchise. Besides, I do not understand the desperation. What if Kochi does not have a team? As it is, these people are overbidding and soon will ask Kochi taxpayers to fund a stadium and maybe more. Corruption begets more corruption.

  • cric-kaka on April 14, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    I am glad to see that this one is boiling over the heads of the corrupt politicians and businesspersons. It is betrayal of the trust millions of ordinary people put in making an enterprise or business successful. Are they being manipulated or fooled by the powerful members of the society for their own gains. I would love to see the details of the deal makings that has gone so far in IPL.

  • AlokJoshi on April 14, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Lalit Modi on the ownership issue, "As regards not raising it at the time of the tender - we didn't have the foresight to go through the voluminous documents attached to verify each and every shareholder." If ownership is of paramount importance why was it not established at the outset? All aspects of the bid should have been thoroughly scrutinised prior to auction closure. The lapse was followed by selective disclosure of presumably confidential information. This episode has adversely affected credibility of IPL, a professional sporting organisation, which is unfortunate. Foreign media and other IPL adversaries, will use this for further IPL bashing. IPL governing council must take immediate steps to tide over this issue. It should also set a code of conduct for IPL office bearers, including the chairman. As far as intervention by Shashi Tharoor goes, it has already escalated into a major political issue. IPL has always attracted controversies, but this one could have been avoided.

  • Etrnlwanderer on April 14, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Now probably there will be a PIL in court asking for all stakeholders of all the existing franchisees also be revealed by Modi, on Twitter :-P Modi is quoted in today's press meet to have said that he divulged the names of the Kochi stake holders because nobody knew who they were the stakeholders of Rendezvous Sports Consortium. But if that was the case, why did he have to use Twitter as a medium to send it out when he could very well have called a press meet in his capacity as Commissioner of IPL and introduced the stake holders of BOTH the new franchisees to the general public

  • on April 14, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    What a drama going on, i think Mr. Modi not get proper way rewards from Mr. Tharror and thats why he is going against and come in public domain. I really dont understand that IPL belongs to BCCI then why Mr. Modi only come in lime light, and why he only gives comments on IPL issues, i understand he is commissioner but after all IPL is not his baby its BCCI who make it successful.

  • MOBIN11 on April 14, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    hi modi supporters ,please tell me one thing,IPL kochi is the 10th team ,when bidding was done for other 9 teams why modi did not disclosed the share holders name but only to kochi team,what is the interest in this regard.If he thinks nobody will question or nothing to fear,Mr.Modi u have been mistaken,We have peoples like Tharoorjji,who will never tolerate such things. SO ALLTIME PLEASE LET CRICKET WIN NOT THE PERSONAL INTEREST OF PEOPLES LETS ALLOW ALL INDIANS TO SUPPORT FOR ALL IPL TEAMS

  • duende81 on April 14, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    @bigwonder. get your facts right buddy. hindi, is not a national language. :P

  • Shreenivas on April 14, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    I do not understand what is wrong in Mr. Shashi Tharror having any interest in ownership of IPL Team ( if at all he has). If his freind manages to get 4/5 financiers by promising them share in IPL franchise, what is wrong in that activity so long this freind wins IPL franchise in open/ transperent bidding? By the logic of Mr. Tharoor's critics NO Member of Parliamment can have any busines interest once he gets elected to parliament and if they have any other business interest they must resign from parliament.

  • naina11 on April 14, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    @Mahendran "The stupidity of the posters here who claim that disclosing the ownership details of the IPL team is 'not a big crime'" YES it is not a bigger crime when compared to disclosing INDIAN GOVT offcial meetings and other details on Twitter by Our Tech Savy Tharoor.

    Its funny to see a guy who is always on twitter being a Minister and disclosing allthe INDIAN GOVT confidential matters on Twitter is now questioning another guy.. Funny but true.

    Is Kochi team playing this year's IPL(2010)? Iam sure NO then what is the need of tharror calling Modi and asking him expedite the process of approvals.

    Next time someone will buy a team and will not disclose their shareholders(Dawood and Bin Laden) and the winning money will be used for destryoing our own country.. it is possible

  • Cafire on April 14, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Mr.bigwonder mind your words when commenting on a public article. Who told hindi is our national language? And whom are you to say learn hindi? Do u know before some month gujarath high court said tat hindi is not our national Language.... Its a language which is accepted by our constitution. U don have any right to say learn hindi.....

  • Hansel on April 14, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    @bigwonder get your facts right. There is no National Language in India. All languages are treated equal. The "Official Language" for the Union (Government) is Hindi and second official language is English. Each state can choose to have its own official language. What does this mean? It means no language is treated different/better than the other. So if the government has decided to do its business in Hindi, that does not mean Hindi is a National Language.

  • kiranksl on April 14, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    There is an article on Cricinfo - "What the IPL says about India"...and this is playing out right now. Whether its the IPL or a no-name village cricket league in some far off English county...as long as there are Indians involved there will be POLITICS. And if you notice, the ones doing all the politics are the ones that can't or don't play. You can slag me all you want for this post...but its the fact...a majority of us are inherently prone to these gimmicks, let alone when obscene amounts of money is involved.

  • prabwal on April 14, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    @ bigwonder : Hindi is not our national language though it is a language we commonly use for interactions in most of the parts of India.It is not my opinion, it's a constitutional fact.Don't try to impose something forcefully.And make no mistake, I am from Kanpur. And by the way,it has nothing to do with Modi vs Tharoor saga.The whole IPL affair needs to be thoroughly investigated.It doesn't seem to be what it appears.

  • BullayBaaz on April 14, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    >>bigwonder

    I am from North India as well. I found your comments regarding another poster to be boorish, chauvinistic and disgraceful. One can discuss the validity of Modi's actions and the involvement of Ministers without having to hurl insults on fellow Indians. Safaid kurta pahen kay keechar ucchalo to upna kurta hee gunda ho ga. (If you werar a white longshirt and fling mud your own long shirt will get dirty)

  • prasoonkc on April 13, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Good to know that Shashi Thadoor charges 70c for blessings.Very expensive blessings for Kochi team ! But he must not forget that he is no longer working at UN where there is nobody to ask him. Now is is a minister in Govt of India. Chor no 1

  • on April 13, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Lalit Modi's brother-in-law is co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, while Gaurav Burman, Modi's step son-in-law is a co-owner of Punjab franchise

  • Vedahametham on April 13, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    I think the success of IPL has gone into Modi's Head. by all means Tharoor is also not a clean person. I think with the power of internet and the public podiums like face book and Twitter responsible people are writing anything they want to say without even blinking an eye lid. In India Cricket is a religion. Even if any other official or business man or better an ex. cricketer is incharge of IPL it would have got the same success in this booming economy. But people like Modi think its all due to their success. They are the leaders who get going when the going gets tuff. Are the franchisies traded in the Market? If yes then public should know the share holders if not only the Govt. and income tax officials should know the details. But board room discussions should never be discussed on face books and twitters.

  • Solution on April 13, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    People of Kochi deserve the IPL team and I do believe Kochi team deserve the better owners than the existing shadow ones. If not for Modi, there was no IPL and no talks like this. Taroor needs to be country minister and not 'Selfish hypocrite'. 54 and 3rd marriage! whack, he doesnot know how to handle his life and waste of tax money on him.

  • on April 13, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Interesting comments, yeah its a big money game, and Modi is part of it. He surely wants some other business man to get this franchise. Modi thinks he is the king. BCCI or the govt should step in. IPL credit should go to our super star Kapil Dev.

  • Dileep.Iyer on April 13, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    As the IPL administrator, Modi has the rights to ask who the stakeholders are. But, that does not give him license to disclose the information on Tweeter. Its leaking information that you have by virtue of your position in the enterprise.

    Not sure what is the big deal if the names comes out. But, if that is the case, then probe should be done for all the other franchisees and how they coughed up money to buy the teams.

    Is Modi ready to play by the rules and play fair and square? If he is not, then people can colclude that he has specific issues with the Kochi franchisees alone!

  • bigwonder on April 13, 2010, 19:54 GMT

    Run with the news If Modi was really working with Gujarat lobbies then Gujarat would have had a team since IPL1, unlike Maharashtra who now has two. Don't forget the fact that IPL is not a Government's 5 year yogena ("plan" for non-Hindi readers), its a business and we should have a team that can attract a crowd in most of the places. I am also not sure what education has to do with business (must be an unemployed post-graduate venting from Kerala). All Indian citizens should recognize the fact that Hindi is their national language (like it or not) and if they think their state's team is not selected due to language barrier, too bad - go learn Hindi first instead of English. In short, Modi is doing the right thing. He is exposing a secretive group who is supported by a powerful M.P. with a sweet-heart connection in the team owner. Franchise is pure business and it attracts players who can then show sportsmanship while playing. Leave the selection to the professionals and not politicans

  • PatelNK on April 13, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    I don't understand why honourable Shashi call Lalit and ask why he was delaying the approval of Kochi team. This clearly suggests that honouable congress MP Shashi has stake in franchise. If this is true then why he is denying about it. I am sure that there is lot to hide by them as franchise owners. Those who are questioning that Modi is not the owner of IPL then Sharad pawar, Shashank Manohar and Rajiv Shukla are also not the owner of BCCI. They intentionally delayed the auction and relaxed the criteria so that current franchise owner of Kochi team (RSW) can bid and win. I also have doubt that whether the bid process was genuine or not.

  • mahendran on April 13, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    The stupidity of the posters here who claim that disclosing the ownership details of the IPL team is 'not a big crime'. The ownership of any franchise is a business venture. It involves contracts and agreements that the concerned parties (Modi included) signed off. And just like any other business contract there is a high level of confidentiality associated with an IPL franchise agreement too. So Modi is way out of line diclosing such details to the public.

  • cric-kaka on April 13, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    Deception, money, influence paddling, bribes, manipulation and few more things come to mind when a lot of money is at stake with IPL franchises. Modi may also be guilty of his acts and he should be replaced with some one who can provide a better oversight to IPL.

    Open information is good for a common person and his/her true power to bring the right changes. Why keep any secrets, especially to protect rich and powerful?

  • arkuvik1 on April 13, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    I think India's Black Money are invested in IPL, who knows even the terrorist organizations might have also invested. Since the IPL is in very early years the laws might not be strong enough from protecting themselves from bad elements. It definitely requires some strong guidelines and laws to protect from business elements having bad intentions. Government of India should get involved, but both big two political parties will take side ways as their own members are having business interest in IPL. I think this will be buried under the carpet very soon.

    arkuvik

  • on April 13, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Success of IPL has gone into Lalit Modi's head. He should be told to shut up. In a democratic set up transparencies in dealings should be same for all franchises.

  • WJStryder on April 13, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    'possible' corruption in the IPL? What is the IPL? Where is the cricket? Who are these .... money changers? LEAVE CRICKET ALONE!!!!!! This ...'IPL' is disgusting.

  • Judgement on April 13, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    This is unfair. BCCI management is made up of Congress leaders, such as Sharad Pawar. They are bound to support their Congress Minister, Tharoor. The Indian government should get rid of current politicians, from BCCI. Why is Pawar, a minister, and President of BCCI? Shouldn't a minister be busy serving people, instead od meddling in cricket issues? As long as BCCI is full of Congress politicians there will be no justice in BCCI, IPL, or even in selection of players. We have heard that Congress wants to impose quotas in selecting players for the Indian team!

  • on April 13, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Why Mr. Modi not disclosing the details of other teams..Rajastan n Kolkata in particular???

  • on April 13, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Let all stake holders be disclosed not only Kochi's. Kerela has the capital to support a team...why does Maharastra have two teams? Should not one go to Gujarat or East India like assam and those parts...

    Modi like Shilpa shetty is getting on my nerves...

  • rajgopl on April 13, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    I can surely smell foul play. Not sure which way though as both of them seems to have reasonable enough reasons to do so! I can see how the north lobby can play out their interest and can stop another addition of a team in south. South already has 3 with Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai accounting for them! But there could be vested interest from Shashi Tharoor too if the reported links to the woman are true!

  • Southindian28 on April 13, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    IPL chairman seems to be getting away with lot of things first he wiped ICL out of the MAP, who originally brought 20/20 format, when the 20/20 season three stated he avoided AP, blaming security fears. now he wants Kochi to to shell out names of other stake holders, where is the trasnperancy of IPL, who are the board members etc etc.

    Tharoor has done a good job for getting a team for Kochi. IPL chairman has vested interests in other teams. let him keep it to himself, when he is chairman let him act like one professionally. if he continues to act like this he should be removed from this position....

    Proud southIndian

  • on April 13, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Lalit modi is playing cheap game for gujarat lobbies. He must disclose the ownership details of all ather 7 frnachisees soon

  • Ilin on April 13, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    This photo is clearly telling that whats cooking between Modi and Tharoor. a mere representative of Trivandrum's general public is talking like a billionaire magnet who ought to buy an IPL team. This act of Shashi Tharoor is not only defaming the image of real politicians who wants to work for public but also diminishing the image of Congress party who presents itself with "our hand with common man" motto. Shashi Tharoor is the man who use to socialize with Common man only on Twitter, in an A.C. suit of some seven star hotel in Delhi. He is that representative of that general public who, according to him, are just Cattle. i think its time to take some harsh actions against him.Modi should be ashamed of himself too, that he only thinks about money and nothing else. Time to oppose them guys.

  • Max6 on April 13, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Why didn't he disqualify the tender documents of Kochi at an earlier stage, if he had lot of doubts? Perhaps he underestimated the Kochi bid and there is no doubt that he is favoring another franchaisee now.In the futrure editions, every state should be given an opportunity to have an IPL team, only industrialized states are getting the chance now. Make it like a national league rather than making it a circus show.

  • cferrer on April 13, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Who is Modi?Is he the sole owner of IPL ( with BCCI as the collectors of the cash). So the stakeholders names/shares and investment is not confidential information- very good. Now lets all be told how much each stakeholder in each of the franchises has paid for his/her share- not only at the time they bought the franchise but all changes thereafter till the present date ( we might find more skeletons in the cupboard). Has Modi got a stake in any of the teams.Maybe he was part of a bidding party that got knocked out so trying his tricks. Is there not conflict of interest in the Chennai Super Kings with Srini on the BCCI board. Come on Twitter Modi give us the breakdown of all the other nine teams.

  • anubhav.sarathy on April 13, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    the fight is between two of indias most (in)famous twitter users.. man the twietter guys sure are getting a lot of publicity from al dis

  • G_Arun on April 13, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    It is time the BCCI is dissolved and a transparent system is set up in its place . The fact is that Modi gets away with his breached because all the office holders are twisted personalities maximising their personal gains .It is really tragic and symptomatic of our problems that a sport that is akin to a religion is run by a body that is never short of controversies and one that no sane person has faith in .

  • nazir_pm on April 13, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    I think Modi's intention of disclosing a confidential information to Public like this is not an honest one. At the same time it is right to ask/clarify on the stake holders involved in winning the bid. In this case, there is strong reason to believe Modi wanted some other investor to win this bid.

  • AKG0479 on April 13, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    IPL is a nothing but Money Business. It is sheer foolishness for anyone to expect ethics, Sportsman Spirit or protecting Cricket's Purity from it. Kochi Owners have invested only coz of the Money coming from it (Just like any other Franchisee). This tit-for-tat happenings are going to be more common thing in the days to come. The only pity is that the whole money rotates at the cost of a common man's love and emotions for the game. Rajit, Ur Sarcastic Statment doesnt help in Oustaging Kochi from IPL 2011. Wherever you come from, underestimation without any knowledge will take U nowhere..

  • cricketfullness on April 13, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    First of all Kochi deserves an IPL team more than any other city. The people from Kerala are much better consumers and generous than any other state. Since Kerala is a smaller state and non Hindi speaking, the state is not getting a fair share from the central government. The corrupted non educated politicians from the bigger states always outnumber and out gain the politicians from Kerala. If there wasn't any involvement from the minister the team would have landed in Gujurat. If there wasn't any political involvement needed, then cini-artists MR Mohan lal and Priyadarshan would have been owning the IPL team. Does any one think all the other team went with out political involvement ? I seriously doubt that. At the end, the team is mostly owned by the marvadis from the North and if MR Tharoor owns a share I hope the team will remain in Kerala for good. Otherwise they will move the team when the business opportunity in Kerala is allready gained.

  • inswing on April 13, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    The ownership details should be completely transparent and open to public, and that should be a requirement for bidding. What do the owners have to hide, if there is no conflict of interest or unfair advantage? Modi's job is to ensure the stability and longevity of IPL. That cannot be done if shady mysterious owners can come and go at will, or if there are conflicts of interest which will jeopardize the franchise when the information comes out.

  • cric-kaka on April 13, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    This is a moment to look into the deal making and possibly corruption in the IPL. First of all I am not taking any side but the mere fact that all the high and powerful people are upset indicates that they prefer all these things under cover. IPL should make all the ownership arrangements public. That way people will know if there is black and underworld money involved in IPL. Also if some one getting a free ride or using influence to get ownership at the preferred terms.

  • cricster67 on April 13, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Shareholding is not a confidential matter and as such, breach-of-confidentiality cries smell foul. Does Tharoor have something to hide? May be he cannot account for the money! May be he is just playing politics like Congressies do when they see an Indian succeed. May be he had marching orders to bite Narendra Modi and he confused his Modis !!! Whatever it is, there is something wrong with Tharoor.

  • Zaheerahmed on April 13, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    With someone as controversial and unstable as Lalit Modi IPL will soon die its natural death.

  • on April 13, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Modi should not underestimate South India. Kochi paid by rules/ they paid 4 it, now they have a team. IPL has already split India into 8 parts, If it plays dirty from hereon to a certain city then I say > this is the begining of the end .

    North indians try to contain South India... I dont think this game plan will work ...With Kochi gettin this franchise .. balance of power shifts/ South India Rises.. We need another franchise in trivandrum...:)

    To Shashi Tarror I say> Good job... Well Done!

  • on April 13, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    Modi is a fraud and we are going to see soon who is this Idiot truely is

  • on April 13, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    It's high time Modi keep shut. He is becoming an unpopular man thick and fast. His Twitters won't hold him in good stead for sure. Now that's the prob if somebody who hasn't played cricket at any level hold such a pivotal position. Get rid of him soon, we are tired of seeing him on TV.

  • naina11 on April 13, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    @jopa.. disclosing a private cricket team's owners name is not a bigger crime then disclosing INDIAN Govt activities on twitter which Mr tharoor does daily.. If Modi would have wanted this for Adani he would have done it during the bidding itself.. he is having that much influence for sure..If Tharoor and his friends are CLEAN then why the fuss in disclosing the owners... why cant they end this by disclosing all the share holders and win this war.

  • AjaySridharan on April 13, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    the old pals of Indian cricket - greed, power and politics - have come for a visit. what's new about that. and we wonder why the other boards in the world cringe at India dominating the cricketing scene. Indian cricket rightfully deserves to be at the center of the world cricketing stage...but with power comes responsibility, and sadly we never acknowledge that.

  • Jigar_Shah on April 13, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Most of you guys are just jealous of Lalit Modi and what he has achieved so far. What is wrong in getting some clarity? Every public listed company has to list their stock holders. it is within the IPL rules that the teams are supposed to list their stock holders so why the big fuss. I am guessing many of you are are just angry on him because he used a new medium of communication like twitter to reveal these details. I dont see anything wrong with this. This is what democracy is all about. Everybody has the right to ask questions and it is better to question motives of people like Tharoor who are nothing but politicians trying to muddle up this game. GO MODI!!! GO MODI!!! GO MODI!!!

  • shebin_km on April 13, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    not only Modi has the rights to ask about shareholders.All IPL amdmin comittee has.NAINA you know one thing,that there is law 191 to fix the contract only they could ask abt the shareholder,But it wont to publish in public ,media or some other social networks.and Mr Tharoor, who done the right job to get the team for all keralaite!As a keralite he has a rights.There is nothing more.

    Mr Jopa has said absolutely correct.he(Modi) must b fined $1million.

  • RKB21 on April 13, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    The entire process of awarding franchises should be transparent for the good of the league. It would jeopardize IPL's longevity if friends and relatives of corrupt Indian politicians start to become silent or minority partners for their future financial gains

  • on April 13, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    I believe Modi thinks that heis bigger than anyone. Having outgrown, he would ruin the IPL. It is more appropriate for him to resign to save further damage

  • robheinen on April 13, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Quarreling schoolboys shouldn't be trusted with so much money...

  • muski on April 13, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    This is power play at its best. Modi's head wants money. Modi's heart knows Kochi's IPL franchise will be a disaster given the fact that there are no known faces of Cricket from Kerala, except for a spoilt brat who will only bring disrepute to Kochi. Tharoor on the other hand is like fish out of water- whenever he has opened is mouth, it has only resulted in controversies-not entirely his fault-maybe he is too suave to be a politician.Its like the IT industry in India. Before the Govt of India woke up to put red tape in IT, it was already too big for Govt's boots. The same with BCCI. Its too big an entity for the Government to control now.

  • Trackmonitor on April 13, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Modi sounds so desperate, I think he never expected Kochi to win the bid. Now he wants to disqualify by bringing shashi Tharoor into picture.

    Anyway he hasnt been in good terms with BCCI recently, nice time to sack him.

  • on April 13, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Modi's action make complete sense. It was only Dr.Tharoor who strongly spoke for transparency when his tweeting were chided.

  • Kunal-Talgeri on April 13, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    LOL ... Lalit Modi, the whistle blower!!! ROFL

  • jopa on April 13, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Whatever be the issue, Modi has a proper channel to bring up the issue. He cannot twitter on it, and disclose his knowlede as a chief executive, and it is a breach of protocol and unethical. He has to resign owning responsibility. If we go by the fines handed over to cricketers in IPL for over rates and honest comments, Modi (being the IPL commissioner) must be fined at least us$ 1 million for the breach.

  • dipu420 on April 13, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    I think Modi should not be blamed in this issue.

  • Rajit on April 13, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Mr.Modi is well within his rights regarding asking the buyers about the shareholders.Tharoor is a politician who just loves twitting and doing nothing else.Also Kochi doesn't merit an IPL team

  • on April 13, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    I too am with Mr.Modi on this issue. He has the rights to ask the buyers about the shareholders. I also believe that shareholders should be made public. There is no point in supporting if team does not have an open and transperent setup.

  • popcorn on April 13, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Lalit Modi should be put in his place. He is getting too big for his boots.He should be banned from voicing his two-bit opinions as BCCI's views.

  • Varkey_here on April 13, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Modi is not the King of Indian cricket.. he need to be controlled before........he is just trying to show his face in front of camera.. standing near beautiful girls or celebrities...

    this is not cricket man.. throw him away as soon as possible........

  • on April 13, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Modi wants to take IPL to Gujarat...thats it

  • naina11 on April 13, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Iam with Modi in this issue, He has full rights to ask the buyers about the share holders, however he should have not disclosed them on twitter which is not a big crime.. Mr Tharoor being a Minister spends his 3-4 hours/day tweeting about his official meetings on twitter.

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  • naina11 on April 13, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Iam with Modi in this issue, He has full rights to ask the buyers about the share holders, however he should have not disclosed them on twitter which is not a big crime.. Mr Tharoor being a Minister spends his 3-4 hours/day tweeting about his official meetings on twitter.

  • on April 13, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Modi wants to take IPL to Gujarat...thats it

  • Varkey_here on April 13, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Modi is not the King of Indian cricket.. he need to be controlled before........he is just trying to show his face in front of camera.. standing near beautiful girls or celebrities...

    this is not cricket man.. throw him away as soon as possible........

  • popcorn on April 13, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Lalit Modi should be put in his place. He is getting too big for his boots.He should be banned from voicing his two-bit opinions as BCCI's views.

  • on April 13, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    I too am with Mr.Modi on this issue. He has the rights to ask the buyers about the shareholders. I also believe that shareholders should be made public. There is no point in supporting if team does not have an open and transperent setup.

  • Rajit on April 13, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Mr.Modi is well within his rights regarding asking the buyers about the shareholders.Tharoor is a politician who just loves twitting and doing nothing else.Also Kochi doesn't merit an IPL team

  • dipu420 on April 13, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    I think Modi should not be blamed in this issue.

  • jopa on April 13, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Whatever be the issue, Modi has a proper channel to bring up the issue. He cannot twitter on it, and disclose his knowlede as a chief executive, and it is a breach of protocol and unethical. He has to resign owning responsibility. If we go by the fines handed over to cricketers in IPL for over rates and honest comments, Modi (being the IPL commissioner) must be fined at least us$ 1 million for the breach.

  • Kunal-Talgeri on April 13, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    LOL ... Lalit Modi, the whistle blower!!! ROFL

  • on April 13, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Modi's action make complete sense. It was only Dr.Tharoor who strongly spoke for transparency when his tweeting were chided.