Rs 40 lakh to drive Mr Lalit Modi
The Indian Premier League Governing Council, which met in Mumbai on Friday, found that Lalit Modi, the suspended IPL chairman, ran up taxi bills of over Rs 40 lakh during IPL Season III alone. Modi’s bill has reason to be heavy. He used only a certain class of Mercedes Benz or BMW, reports Anand Vasu.cricket Updated: Jun 26, 2010 01:33 IST
The Indian Premier League Governing Council, which met in Mumbai on Friday, found that Lalit Modi, the suspended IPL chairman, ran up taxi bills of over Rs 40 lakh during IPL Season III alone.
Modi’s bill has reason to be heavy. He used only a certain class of Mercedes Benz or BMW. When he travelled to venues where it was impossible to rent these cars (Dharamsala and Nagpur), they were sourced from elsewhere, sources said.
For Nagpur, he had a car driven down from Hyderabad. When Modi went to Dharamsala (by air), his car was sent ahead from Delhi to meet him at Dharamsala airport.
“Modi was in Nagpur for barely an hour, and the ride from the airport to the ground takes about 10 minutes,” said a BCCI official. “This kind of wastage of money is completely unacceptable.”
Also under a cloud - and similarly, not passed by the Governing Council - are expenses Modi incurred at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai, which he used as a base. His bills there to the tune of Rs 47.83 lakh are being examined very closely by the BCCI, as the per day rates for rooms used vary from Rs. 16,213 (in April) to Rs. 85,612 (in March).
“If a bill is not cleared by the relevant committee, the amount will have to be recovered from the individual,” the source added, indicating that the Indian cricket board would ask Modi to pay his own bills.
On a day when the BCCI announced that it was in line to recover the Rs 425 crore 'loss' it incurred as a result of an improper facilitation fee in the sale of IPL broadcast rights, another deal Modi entered into was cancelled.
Colors, the general entertainment channel of Viacom 18, had entered into a three-year licensing deal with the IPL that involved cricketers taking part in a reality show, an awards night and the now infamous IPL parties. This deal, estimated to be worth Rs 200 crore annually, was cancelled by the BCCI on Friday. Another Modi decision that was revoked related to the compensation of paid to Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings for the cancellation of the Champions League T20 in 2008.
The IPL had paid $5 million (Rs 22 crore) in compensation to each team, but a review of the relevant documents revealed that there was no reason for the bailout, a source said. This money will now be recovered from the two teams.