Even as the Chennai Super Kings pulled off a surprise win over the Mumbai Indians, the real action was once again provided by Lalit Modi.
He arrived at the match by helicopter, with an escort carrying what appeared to be a bullet-proof jacket. He is certainly in the line of fire.
After the match ended, Modi, the Commissioner and Chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the finial body of cricket in the country.
The suspension means Modi cannot attend Monday’s meeting of the Governing Council, a meeting that has a one-point agenda: to force Modi out. Talking to Media, Modi said, “Good for them. Are they so scared of me attending? Are they so scared of the truth?” On whether he would try to attend the meeting anyway, he said, “How can I if I’m suspended? I will wait my turn.” He refused to comment on whether he will challenge his suspension in court.
At the presentation ceremony which marked the end of IPL 3, Modi said, “We have had some off-field unpleasant dramas. All decisions were take jointly by the governing council. Nothing wrong has been done…if there has, I take full responsibility.”
The charges against Modi, sources say, cover wide-ranging financial violations, including tampering with bids during auctions for the IPL teams, and holding undisclosed stake throuh proxy fronts in three teams – the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings Xi.
The BCCI decided to suspend Modi after he used Twitter- what else – to sound his war cry.