Lalit Modi dares govt to make Mudgal committee report public
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has hit out at ex-BCCI chief N Srinivasan and dared the government to make public the report of Justice Mudgal committee, which probed allegations of spot-fixing in the cash-rich domestic T20 league.india Updated: Jun 29, 2015 18:38 IST
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has hit out at ex-BCCI chief N Srinivasan and dared the government to make public the report of Justice Mudgal committee, which probed allegations of spot-fixing in the cash-rich domestic T20 league.
"Why have the names (of players mentioned in Mudgal panel report) not been revealed? The nation wants to know," he told in an interview to India Today TV.
Targeting Srinivasan, 49-year-old Modi asked, "Why is Srinivasan the head of the ICC anti-corruption branch?"
Srinivasan came under scrutiny in the IPL 6 probe over the conflict of interest issue because at the time he was not only the BCCI president but also the managing director of India Cements, the company which owned T20 team Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Modi also said he was not behind the leak of emails to ICC, world cricket's parent body, in which the names of three players -- Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and West Indian Dwayne Bravo -- were mentioned. The three are members of IPL franchise CSK.
In the interview, Modi accused BCCI of leaking the mails.
However, in a press conference on Monday, BCCI gave a clean chit to all three players, accused of taking bribes from a bookie.
Modi is in the eye of the storm after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj admitted to helping him get UK travel papers on 'humanitarian' grounds so that he could visit his ailing wife.
The ruling BJP faced more criticism after it emerged that Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje had signed an affidavit backing Modi’s British immigration appeal.
With the Congress stepping up attack on the Centre over the issue, the former IPL boss said he was not a fugitive.
"Please be careful while using the word. On what basis am I being called a fugitive? Is there any case pending before a court of law in India against me?" he asked in the interview.
Modi, who had accused the erstwhile UPA government of political vendetta, said he was afraid of returning to the country due to security reasons. He said then UPA minister P Chidambaram had withdrawn his security.