Flix Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 05:30
The Lalit Modi saga or “LalitGate” as it has come to be known has irked a lot of the high and mighty, but a mysterious tweet to the former IPL commissioner's handle on Friday opened up another can of worms. A Twitter user called @shyamswami158 put out a mail apparently written by Modi to the ICC chief executive David Richardson in June 2013.  In the mail, Modi alleges that three IPL players belonging to the same franchise then had received favours to the tune of Rs 20 crore each from a bookie. The letter added that the bookie was an acquaintance of Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan, both of whom were pulled up in the IPL spot-fixing scandal. What is interesting though, is that the tweet is the only one sent out by the user. And within ten minutes of it being out, Modi responded in the wee hours of Saturday morning, more circumspect than usual: “Ask @Icc @Bcci @Ipl why ask me. This is highly confidential. You should not be tweeting this.” “This is shocking,” ShyamSwami had tweeted, tagging Modi’s account. The mail is an incriminating one, implicating two of India's top players. But what is strange is that it seems the Twitter handle was created only to tweet this mail to Lalit Modi. And the mail displayed by the tweet has blacked out Lalit Modi's mail id, while Richardson's mail id has been displayed. We wonder who created this Twitter account. The mail has Modi telling Richardson that he wanted to “pass on some information that I have just got,” asking him to forward the matter to the ICC’s anti-corruption unit if he sees fit. In the mail, Modi adds that he had banned the bookie, also a real-estate tycoon from bidding for any IPL teams. “Reliable sources have informed me that he has paid in cash and kind (flats) to the above three in tune of 20 cr each,” he adds. Modi also gives out details of the property locations and said, “if true it could mean more are involved” and that a close watch must be maintained on the alleged bookie. The matter regarding the cricketers had come up during the investigation into the ICC chief N Srinivasan and the court had asked the media not to disclose the names of the nine cricketers who were allegedly involved in the controversy. And courtesy his one and only tweet, the user who follows an eclectic mix of four accounts ranging from Amitabh Bachchan and PM Narendra Modi, to controversy king Kamaal (KRK) Khan and EDM outfit the Swedish House Mafia may have opened up cricket’s Pandora’s Box yet again.      

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