The IPL-Kochi franchisee controversy took a new twist on Monday setting stage for a face-off between IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor. “The unethical efforts that have been made by Modi and others to thwart the Kerala franchise which had been won fair and square in a transparent bidding process are disgraceful,” Tharoor retorted.Rendezvous accused Modi of breaching confidentiality agreements. On Tuesday, Vivek Venugopal, a co-owner of the Kochi team.
“We have … asked for Mr Lalit Modi to reveal the shareholding structures of all the other IPL teams owned by consortium’s like Kings XI, Kolkata Knightriders and Rajasthan Royals. Why are the various owners of these teams and their stakes not being revealed?. “Rendezvous includes a number of people, including many I have never met, and Sunanda Pushkar, whom I know well,” he states. Adding that Modi guided the winning bid and presented himself as “a trusted friend.”
In an e-mail to the BCCI chief, he even went at lengths to say that the group “has lied about who is the actual owner of the shares”. Sources claimed that Modi was interested in having Ahmedabad as one of the franchises for the subsequent IPL seasons and was therefore creating problems for Kochi which emerged as the second highest bidder in the auction. His relations are in the owners list of KXIP and Rajasthan Royals.
Modi said, “It is the Kochi franchisee who has a lot to hide and as such have lied about who is the actual owners of the shares. Which I informed you earlier today….I have minutes of what they said at the meeting. And in fact when I questioned who the shareholders are — they had no answer. In fact, they said they would revert back. Within minutes of me asking the same — I got a call from Shashi Tharoor asking me not to ask about who these share-holders are.”
Modi – Tharoor and again IPL controversy.