The top brass of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) including president Shashank Manohar faced a parliamentary committee on Wednesday and sought to put the blame for foreign exchange violations in the conduct of the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches on former commissioner Lalit Modi.
During the two-and-half-hour long grilling before the Yashwant Sinha-headed house standing committee on finance, BCCI officials are understood to have admitted to 'mistakes', blaming the sacked Modi. 'Approvals for such decisions had been given by them at Modi's behest in good faith', the officials are said to have told the committee.
Not convinced by the BCCI plea of ignorance in matters concerning FEMA violations, the committee is understood to have confronted the officials with reports received from different government departments. "Response of BCCI officials was specious. They have been asked to send in written replies to some of the queries", a committee member said.
Among documents the BCCI officials have been asked to submit includes the board resolutions of March 20 and April 20, 2008, besides the court affidavit submitted on 14 April 2008.
BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan and IPL Chairman Chirayu Amin were also among those who were grilled by the parliamentary committee. The committee also summoned former skipper and IPL Governing Council member Ravi Shastri as a witness but he failed to turn up. Specifically, the committee sought responses from BCCI on a government report that investments made by IPL franchisees such as Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians were routed from abroad through entities located in countries such as Mauritius, Bahamas and British Virgin Island.
The BCCI was asked why it did not take approval from RBI and other agencies for the foreign exchange transactions and asked to give details of the expenses incurred in the conduct of IPL 2 in South Africa.