Final decision on Modi after IPL Governing Council meet on April 26: Pawar

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New Delhi, Apr 20 (ANI): Union Agriculture Minister and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) strongman Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said that a final decision on Lalit Modi's continuance as the Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner would be taken after the meeting of the IPL Governing Council on April 26.

Pawar said the decision would be made with the consent of all the members.

"We will decide on this whole issue on the IPL Governing council meet on April 26," said Pawar.

"The final decision will be taken with the consent of all the members of the governing body," he added.

There are reports that the decision was taken after Pawar met BCCI President Shashank Manohar and the duo discussed what action, if any, has to be taken against Lalit Modi for his perceived role in the controversy that saw the Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor, resigning.

Earlier in the day, Pawar distanced himself from Modi.

He told reporters that he had nothing to do with the IPL.

"I am not dealing with this subject, am not a member of IPL committee. I am not aware of any BCCI meeting or impending decision. I have not received any notice of the meeting, only read in the papers that such a meeting has been scheduled for April 25," said Pawar.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Sharad Pawar met here this morning, reportedly to discuss the cash row controversy surrounding IPL and its impact on the future of the sport and the politics of the nation.

The BCCI top officials are said to be extremely unhappy with Modi after he triggered the controversy by tweeting the Kochi franchise's stake holding pattern, which also brought the cricket board under the Income Tax department's scanner.

Modi is under fire for allegedly helping his family and friends buy stakes in various IPL teams.

The Cricket Board has also rescheduled its Working Committee meeting from April 24 to May 2 as it wants the IPL Governing Council -- which is expected to meet here on April 26, a day after the IPL final-to first discuss the issue. (ANI)

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