Is Modi paying the price for being headstrong?
A source close to the family recalls a conversation with KK Modi. "I had asked him about Modi and he replied, 'Lalit ya to hero banta hai ya zero' [Lalit either becomes a hero or nothing]."
It is said that Modi was his grandfather Lala Gujar Mal Modi's favourite grandchild.
"He's like a grandchild who will not take no for an answer," is how image consultant Dilip Cherian, who has worked closely with the family, describes Modi. "He is maniacal, organised, networked and an unstoppable bully. If he tells Mukesh Ambani to buy a team, he is relentless in getting Nita to agree to it. And with equal aplomb he will go to a diametrically opposite person and convince him to do the same."
Image: This file photo taken on April 16, 2009 shows Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi (C) waving to the public as IPL cricket teams parade in the street of Cape Town on open buses.