Two days after Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel rubbished any role in the Indian Premier League (IPL), a report in the Economic Times on Thursday said that his personal secretary had sent a mail to former MoS for external affairs Shashi Tharoor with a document containing projections of new franchisee valuations in IPL.
In emails reportedly seen by Economic Times reporters Patel's personal secretary Champa Bharatwaj forwarded a mail from her official email id to Shashi Tharoor’s personal id, hours after IPL CEO Sundar Raman sent the same document to the aviation minister's daughter and IPL hospitality manager Poorna Patel.
While Tharoor had to resign for allegedly influencing the stake to his Dubai-based "close friend" Sunanda Pushkar by new Kochi IPL franchisee, Patel said he had no role in the IPL.
According to the ET report, Patel's secretary sent a mail to Tharoor at 10:06 pm on March 19, two days before the bids were opened and Tharoor-supported Kochi consortium sprang a surprise by making the second-highest bid.
Speaking to NDTV, Patel said his only connection with the IPL is that his daughter works as a junior intern with one of the IPL teams.