Controversy likely to mar IPL awards ceremony

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Mumbai, Apr 23 (ANI): The controversy surrounding the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) is likely to mar the awards ceremony tonight.

Most officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are reportedly planning to boycott the event at a five-star hotel.

Many of them are in Mumbai to attend the IPL final on Sunday, but may avoid attending the function as a show of solidarity for BCCI president Shashank Manohar and a thumbs down for the IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi.

IPL team-owners are also believed to be undecided on whether to sends their players.

According to sources, the franchises are upset about the income tax raids and don't see the point of a gala awards night.

The income tax department is expected to keep a close watch on the show.

Film director Karan Johar will host tonight's show while IPL team owners Shah Rukh Khan and Preity Zinta, actress Priyanka Chopra and several top cricketers are expected to perform. (ANI)

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