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Third showcause notice on Modi

Mumbai: There is simply no respite for suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi as the BCCI on Monday served a third showcause notice on him over grant of theatrical rights and on the issue of advertisements in between deliveries during the telecast of IPL matches this season.

“A third notice has been served on Mr Modi over theatrical rights in IPL,” BCCI sources said.

The sources added that the 150-second airtime slot when the ball was not in play that the IPL had sold did not bring in the promised financial benefits to the Board and it was on Modi’s suggestion that the 150 seconds was commercially exploited.

Modi has already been served two notices. The first notice was sent soon after the conclusion of IPL 3 after he was suspended from his post by the BCCI and the second one was served on May 6 based on an e-mail sent to the Board by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Giles Clarke.

In his e-mail, Clarke levelled serious charges against Modi that the Board found “detrimental to Indian cricket, English cricket and World cricket at large.”

Modi sends defamation notice to ECB chief

Meanwhile, Modi on Monday served a defamation notice on ECB chairman Giles Clarke. Modi’s defamation notice mentions Clarke’s May 2 e-mail to BCCI President Shashank Manohar wherein the ECB boss had accused the suspended IPL chief of seeking to float a rebel league in England, violating International Cricket Council regulations.

The defamation notice was sent to Clarke through Modi’s London-based solicitors Carter-Ruck and it has given the ECB chief seven days’ time to provide a “full and unconditional apology and retraction in a form, manner and terms to be agreed”, according to sources close to Modi.

Modi’s legal counsel Mehmood Abdi also confirmed the development. In the notice, Modi said Clarke’s allegation was based on Modi’s March 31 meeting in Delhi attended by representatives of three English counties.

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