Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday has rejected petition filed by suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, seeking adjournment of BCCI disciplinary committee proceedings against him.
The High Court said that it was not going into the merits of Modi's petition but disciplinary committee itself can decide on the reconstitution when it meets tomorrow. The lawyer for the BCCI, A Sundaram, argued that the High Court could not hear this petition as the BCCI was a society and this was an internal matter.
The BCCI disciplinary committee is going to meet on July 16 and has summoned Modi to appear. But Modi had sought an independent body for conducting inquiry instead of the present disciplinary panel of Arun Jaitley, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Chirayu Amin, IPL's interim Chairman.
Earlier Modi had alleged that actions of BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan "were actuated by bias against Modi", as the latter had made allegations against Srinivasan regarding having a stake in IPL franchise team Chennai Super Kings. Similarly, Amin, a member of the committee and acting Chairman of IPL, too had a personal bias against Modi, said Modi"s advocate.
Even Jaitley should not be on the panel because he, along with Amin, was part of the IPL's governing council which "ratified" Srinivasan's opinion that there was prima
facie evidence to initiate disciplinary inquiry against Modi, he said.
"Its impossible to expect honest and impartial decision from the committee," Modi's lawyer said according to espnstar reports.
He also pointed out to emphasise that the BCCI has already made its mind in Modi's case -- that it scrapped the telecast rights' contract with Mauritius-based World Sport Group (WSG).
One of the allegations against Modi is that the tender process for the contract was questionable, he said.
Facilitation fee of USD 80 million (Rs 425 crore) paid by IPL's sub-continent broadcast rights holders MSM Satellite to WSG (Mauritius) had been termed as
fraudulent by the BCCI. However, when division bench of Justice B H Marlapalle and Justice Roshan Dalvi asked whether BCCI rules provide for an "independent" disciplinary committee, Modi's lawyer said that it was not so.
Modi was slapped with three showcause notices after his suspension by the BCCI and has replied to all three notices.