April 21, 2010 (Calcutta Tube): Indian Premier League chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi is the chief target of the I-T sleuths. The knives are clearly out for him and Modi has got no place to hide after his mentor Sharad Pawar turned his back on him. The only ones supporting Modi are the IPL team owners. One of them is Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty-Kundra who is among the stake holders of Rajasthan Royals, a team which Modi is alleged to financial interest in.
Shilpa is among the jury of Star Plus reality show Zara nachke dikha 2. The show’s press conference was held today but the media couldn’t help but ask Shilpa about what she felt about her friend Lalit Modi and whether he’s guilty of the serious charges levied again him.
Initially, Shilpa pretended as if she’s heard nothing but then the lady sighed, “I feel this issue has been highly politicised. This is a typical reply to such a question, but this time it holds true. And, to make it more clear, our Indian laws state that a person is innocent until the guilt is proved. So, let the court decide whether he’s innocent or not. One more thing to add, IPL teams are owned by big prominent business people and it has been bringing up maximum revenue to the country,” said Shetty.
Hey, Shilpa the court will certainly decide the fate of Lalit Modi but we’re not sure when you say that IPL is contributing towards the country. After all, it’s only this year that the government has started to tax the cash rich tournament. However, it certainly is filling the coffers of owners like you.
-Tejashree Bhopatkar/Sampurn Wire