Modi got into BCCI through Himachal?
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) is yet again in news, this time contributing to the IPL controversy with details about suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi’s previous link with the state cricket association. It has now emerged that Modi had taken help from HPCA to gain entry into BCCI. Thakur added that Modi helped HPCA when it was in crisis by donation of Rs 12 lakh in 1999 for which he was given HPCA membership.
Former HPCA president Raghubir Singh Thakur (1995 – 2000) today admitted that Modi was made member of HPCA in 1999 as he had promised to help the association financially. Former HPCA president Rajinder Zar, who headed the body between 1990 and 1995, too admitted that while he was heading HPCA, Modi tried to influence association members by offering monetary help. Former HPCA members also claimed that Modi had offered to help build required cricket infrastructure in the state if allowed to head the association.
It is learnt that Thakur and the then secretary SC Nayyar had allowed Modi to attend BCCIs meeting in Jaipur in 1999, which was not attended by any other HPCA member, but later other members had raised objections about Modi being made president of HPCA, after which he shifted to Rajasthan.