New Delhi, Jan 22: Claiming to have been vindicated after the Supreme Court barred N Srinivsan from contesting BCCI Presidential elections owing to conflict of interest, sacked IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi today said the verdict will clean up corruption in the game.
"Extremely happy with the Hon. Supreme Court judgement on #srinivasan ..always believed that I would be vindicated #IPLVerdict," Modi said in a series of tweets after the apex court disallowed Srinivasan from fighting the BCCI Presidential election due to his stake in IPL team Chennai Super Kings.
"Decision by Hon. SC to disallow any administrator from having any commercial interest in cricket is bang on #IPLVerdict #SriniGameOver," he added.
Delivering its long-awaited verdict, the Supreme Court held that the allegation of betting against Gurunath Meiyappan, a CSK team official and son-in-law of the BCCI President-in-exile, and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra stands proved while the charge of cover up against Srinivasan "is not proved".
Striking down rules that permitted BCCI office bearers to have a commercial interest by owning teams in the hugely-popular Indian Premier League and Champions League, a two-member bench of Justices TS Thakur and FM I Khalifulla, said, "Amendment in the BCCI rules allowing Srinivasan to own IPL team is bad as conflict of interest in cricket leads to great confusion."
Here are Modi's tweets
Haven't read 130page #IPLVerdict but overjoyed Hon. SC has struck down the amendments made to rule 6.2.4 that created conflict of interest— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) January 22, 2015
Cannot agree more on SC's observation: "Game is a game only if it is pristine and free from any sporting fraud" #IPLVerdict is watershed!— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) January 22, 2015
Hope that the 3-Member Committee of former Judges constituted by the SC will bring the #IPLVerdict to its logical conclusion.— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) January 22, 2015