21 January, 2021

Captain Crony Capital

The IPL commissioner’s friends and family got it all—no questions asked

Captain Crony Capital

The Rise, Again A Fall

  • 1985: Modi arrested in US on drugs and abduction charges. Plea bargain gets him deferred term
  • 1986: Returns to India citing bad health. Joins family business
  • 1991: Marries mother’s friend Minal Sagrani
  • 2004: Becomes vice-president of Punjab Cricket Association
  • 2005: Becomes president of Rajasthan Cricket Association
  • 2008: IPL is launched; BJP loses power in Rajasthan
  • 2009: IPL taken to South Africa; Modi loses RCA elections
  • 2010: Loses RCA elections again; Kochi team scandal surfaces


By 1986, Lalit Modi, with a cocaine possession and abduction conviction behind him, was through with everyman’s gilded dreamland—the United States of America. Yet...



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