Beleaguered Modi thanks Mallya for support

Modi appreciated Mallya's gesture, who credited the IPL Commissioner for the high-profile Twenty20 event's mindboggling success."Thanks @thevijaymallya for the support..... truly appreciate your gesture," Modi wrote on his twitter page.

Modi had found himself in a storm after he opened a pandora's box by revealing the IPL Kochi franchise ownership, which cost union minister Shashi Tharoor his job, besides bringing BCCI under the Income Tax department scanner.

Allegations of money laundering and betting are also doing the rounds and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said all aspects, including the sources and routes of funding of teams, will be thoroughly probed. But Mallya threw his weight completely behind Modi, saying IPL owes its success to it's Commissioner.

"Unfortunately, this entire issue has snowballed into an unnecessary storm. As far as I'm concerned, I'm full of appreciation for what Lalit Modi has delivered through the IPL. If he has issues with the Government of India, that's his private matter and he needs to deal with it," Mallya had said.

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