Former international basketball referee, T P Subramanian, died here, aged 76.“He had lung related problems and was being treated in the hospital for a month before he was brought home last week. He died in his sleep on Thursday morning,” said his son.Subramanian, a retired Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise, had even officiated in the Asian Games, according to people who were close to him in the basketball fraternity.He was considered a strict referee and once sent former India captain Abbas Moontasir off the court in a localtournament here in the late 1970s after a verbal altercation.It led to the ace hoopster being banned for a few years by the Maharashtra basketball body along with his then Western Railway teammate, the late Javed Akhtar.Moontasir, considered as among top players in his time in Asia, returned as a player after the ban was lifted, but Akhtar’s career as a hoopster came to a close with the ban.