For "serious misconduct and indiscipline"

The former IPL Commissioner, Lalit Modi, was expelled from of the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday for “serious misconduct and indiscipline.” All 29 members present at a Special General Meeting of the Board here voted for the expulsion motion. All State associations, except that of Jammu and Kashmir, were part of the proceedings.

Haryana Cricket Association secretary Anirudh Chaudhary proposed the resolution. It was seconded by Orissa Cricket Association president Ranjib Biswal. The meeting, which began at 2 p.m., was over in an hour.

BCCI vice-president Arun Jaitley did not attend the meeting since he was a signatory to the disciplinary committee report against Mr. Modi. Delhi was represented by S.P. Bansal.

The Supreme Court’s dismissal on Wednesday of Mr. Modi’s petition to stay the meeting cleared the path for the BCCI to act against him.

The BCCI said: “Mr. Lalit Modi is guilty of committing acts of serious misconduct and indiscipline, and therefore, in exercise of powers as per Regulation 32 of the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the Board, Mr. Lalit Modi is hereby expelled by the BCCI. He 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 [as] any member or associate member of the Board.”

The charges against Mr. Modi (49) included irregularities in various financial and administrative matters of the IPL; rigging bids during the franchise auction in 2010; selling media and Internet rights without BCCI permission; planning a rebel league with clubs in England; and arm-twisting the former Kochi franchise.

Mr. Modi took centre stage as IPL chief from 2008 to 2010 before running into trouble with the BCCI during the end of season-3.

We will go to court: lawyer

PTI reports from Mumbai

Mehmood Abdi, lawyer for Mr. Modi, said he would challenge in court the life ban the BCCI imposed on the former IPL commissioner.

“The entire disciplinary process was vitiated by malice, prejudice and personal bias which we will challenge in a court of law and expose all those persons with vested interests,” Mr. Abdi said.

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