Now this is getting to be hilarious. Check out this exchange between Lalit Modi and Shashank Manohar:
“Till date, you have made public statements about a lot of issues which were not even discussed in the meetings of the governing council when it is the governing council which has the authority to take decisions with regard to each and every issue related to IPL.”
To that salvo by Manohar, Modi’s response:
“I am happy to disclose all the facts at the next governing council meeting.”
The classic non-responsive response. More substantially, there is this exchange, between Manohar, first, and Modi:
“The BCCI is a body which functions in accordance with its constitution and doesn’t function through the media. The issue, if any, could have been discussed at the governing council meeting and that action on your part of raising it on Twitter is unbecoming of you as a chairman of the a sub-committee of the board. Your action is in serious breach of the confidentiality clause in the agreement,” Manohar wrote.
As regard not raising it at the time of the tender – we didn’t have the foresight to go through the voluminous documents attached to verify each and every shareholder. As regard to many other things I have said on my Twitter account, they have actually not been any classified information. It’s factual and only something we have or would have put into the public domain.”
Seriously? You called for voluminous documentation on each shareholder, as a pre-condition of qualifying for the bidding, and didn’t “have the foresight” to examine any of that documentation?
Kind of begs the question, dude — have you found the time, and had the foresight, to check the documentation, including the fine print, relating to the Pune franchise? Or does the IPL function on the random sampling model, where it picks out one in ten franchises for close scrutiny?
Meanwhile, fascinated by the kind of responses being thrown into the comments field on the earlier post on ‘Modigate’ — I would have called it ‘Tharoorgate’, but there’s too many of those. I guess I’ll hear more of the same during the live show, today on Yahoo, 3.30-4.30. Here.