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Lalit Modi removed from posts by Indian cricket board

Lalit Modi
Modi faces corruption, tax evasion and money laundering allegations

Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi has been removed from all involvement in Indian cricket.

Modi, 46, has been replaced by Chirayu Amin as IPL chief and stripped of his position as vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

He has also lost his role as chairman of the Champions League Twenty20, a club tournament organised jointly by India, Australia and South Africa.

Modi is still being investigated in relation to corruption allegations.

He also faces tax evasion and money-laundering accusations but has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

Modi's replacement at the IPL, Amin, is a successful businessman and cricket administrator with a reputation that contrasts to Modi's controversial image.

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Amin, chairman of a pharmaceutical group, is viewed as having the professional management and finance skills needed to develop the lucrative but tarnished Twenty20 tournament.

It has been reported that Modi will be replaced as one of five vice-presidents of the BCCI by Rajiv Shukla.

Shukla is a ruling party politician who is currently head of the BCCI media committee.

Modi's troubles began in April when he revealed via social networking site Twitter the ownership details of a new franchise set to join the IPL in 2011 .

This embarrassed junior foreign minister Shashi Tharoor, a high-profile member of the Indian government, because Tharoor's then-girlfriend and now wife had been given a free stake in the new team.

The minister was forced to resign under pressure from the opposition, which accused him of misusing his office to secure personal gain, with the free stake seen as a possible kickback.

The government then launched an investigation into the IPL, which led to multiple charges against Modi, who continues to be investigated by a three-member disciplinary committee set up by the BCCI.

Modi was also head of the BCCI's marketing committee - and the increased prominence of Indian cricket in general, and the IPL in particular, had made him one of the most powerful men in world cricket.



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