New Delhi: A defiant Lalit Modi on Saturday vowed not to step down as the Chairman of Indian Premier League.
“Will not resign. People pressurising me to resign. I can tell you will not happen. Let them remove me then. What we have done has been there for all of you to see for the past 4 years. No one can take that away,” Modi wrote on the microblogging site Twitter.
Modi’s tweets showed that he has not agreed to the compromise formula which was reportedly prepared by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.
Earlier, sources had told CNN-IBN that following a phone conversation between Modi and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Shashank Manohar the IPL Chairman had agreed to resign.
The phone call was facilitated by Pawar. Sources said this was the first time Modi and Manohar spoke to each other in 15 days.
Sources added that Manohar told Modi that there was no option but to quit and that if he didn’t so, the BCCI will go ahead with the Governing Council meeting on April 26. It is then that Modi agreed to Pawar’s and Manohar’s compromise formula.
Earlier in the morning, liquor baron and owner of Royal Challengers Bangalore Vijay Mallya met Pawar at his residence in Mumbai. Mallya told reporters after the meeting that “Lalit Modi is a good friend of mine” and that he should given some time to explain himself.
“Modi should be given some time to explain himself. I am no judge here. Media should ask Modi and the BCCI on what they intend to do,” said Mallya.
“There is some wrong done. Some governing council members are not happy about it. Let them investigate the matter. Let’s not stretch things,” he said.
“Yes, there may be questions about how IPL is run and that should be investigated. But to question the team owners, allege there’s black money, that’s a stretch. If money comes from Mauritius or Switzerland through any government body, it is not question. Why is it questioned for IPL? Match fixing is utter rubbish,” added the owner of Royal Challengers, Bangalore.