28 February, 2021

Beyond A Boundary Is Pelf

A parliamentary report charges BCCI, IPL franchises with violations, Centre with laxity

Sandipan Chatterjee
Beyond A Boundary Is Pelf

It has been a three-week-long soap opera. And its script is still being written. Nor is it clear if the disgraced cricket czar, Lalit Kumar Modi, is an untramelled loudmouth or a puppet on a chain. But as the cricketing world watches the fascinating insinuations pouring from Modi’s tweets and heated words flying on TV studios, a three-member team from Enforcement Directorate’s Mum­bai office finally flew to Singapore to inq­uire into allegations of FEMA violati­ons and money-laundering against Modi, the BCCI and several IPL franchisees.

Modi, meanwhile, has been pleading that he alone was not guilty of economic offences, if any. Don’t single me out, he tweeted repeatedly while casting some outlandish aspersions. For example, that BJP MP Varun Gandhi met him in London and promised that he would settle everything with ‘aunty’, who wanted $60 million. While declaring Indian media houses to be corrupt, he dared the media to find out who lived at E166, Yasmeen Street, Dubai, and who all visited 49, Grosvenor Square in...

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