The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended Lalit Modi as Chairman of the Indian Premier League, and also perhaps as vice-president of the Board, under BCCI Rules and Regulations of 32 (vii) (misconduct and procedure to deal with), soon after the completion of the final match between the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai on Sunday night.
Earlier, Mr. Modi, who had challenged the authority of BCCI president Shashank Manohar for a week, decided to attend the extraordinary IPL Governing Council meeting at the Cricket Centre here on Monday. The IPL is a sub-committee of the BCCI.
On Sunday evening, a release from the IPL-engaged PR agency said: “The IPL Chairman & Commissioner, Lalit Modi, today circulated the notice informing members of the Governing Council of the Extraordinary Meeting to be held on April 26th, 2010, at the Headquarters of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The Extraordinary Meeting of the Governing Council will be convened at 10 a.m.”
The release also said that the items on the agenda would be (1) discussion on any complaints received in writing from members of the Governing Council against the Chairman and (2) members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Furthermore, the release said the Governing Council members had been requested to give all complaints in writing with the requisite supporting documents at the meeting on the morning of April 26, 2010 to the Chairman and Commissioner, so that they can be replied in full.
BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan had mailed a press release informing that the IPL Council will meet at the Cricket Centre, Mumbai, at 10 a.m. on Monday and that it will be followed by a media conference at 12 noon.
Mr. Modi had virtually defied Mr. Manohar's request to convene an emergent meeting of the Council here on April 26. He had called it “unofficial” and that he does not “propose to attend any unauthorised meeting.” Soon after the Income Tax searches at the offices of the BCCI and IPL, Mr. Manohar wrote to Mr. Modi saying: “In view of the ongoing situation with regard to the functioning of the IPL and the various allegations levelled against the functioning of the IPL, it has become necessary to hold an Emergent Meeting of the Governing Council. Kindly issue a notice to all the Governing Council Members for a meeting on 26/04/10 at 10 a.m. at BCCI Headquarters immediately.”