BCCI grants Lalit Modi more time to reply

BCCI has granted a 5-day extension to suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi and he will file his replies to the BCCI's charges on Saturday.

updated: May 10, 2010 12:05 IST
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has granted suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi more time to answer the charges against him, as his lawyers wanted more documents from the cricket body.

It was supposed to be the big day when Modi was to reply to the BCCI showcause notice that listed 22 charges against him from receiving kickbacks to tampering with IPL team bids.

The scandal-tainted chief had asked BCCI to give him time till May 15 to answer to all their queries.

Lalit Modi was in Delhi on Sunday to put the finishing touches on his reply to the showcause notice issued to him by the BCCI. Modi in fact has to prepare his reply for a second showcause notice as well as for planning an IPL-like league in England.

Sources told NDTV that Modi is planning to take legal action against England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Giles Clarke, and suing him for defamation.

"The world has reacted to the showcause notice issued to me, I don't need to react to it, I still have 15 days, everyone knows what it is about, Modi had said on Sunday.

And though Lalit Modi may be in danger of being removed from the BCCI and IPL fold completely, one has to appreciate his never say die attitude. He had said few days ago, "I have been the BCCI's public enemy No 1 for a long time now."

And for those wondering if this is the beginning of the end for the man who gave India and the world a product called IPL, well, here's what he himself has to say.

"I am not going anywhere, I have only been suspended," says Lalit Modi.