Bad news for former IPL chairman Lalit Modi. His case against the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) is not going as he would have liked. The Board has retained the three-member disciplinary committee which was investigating charges of financial impropriety against Modi.
In effect, the BCCI had rejected his appeal to reconstitute the panel with members outside the Board. Modi had objected to the trio of Chirayu Amin, Arun Jaitley and Jyotiaditya Scindia from examining his case, stating that they were prejudiced against him.
The decision to retain the panel came at the Board's Special General Body Meeting (SGM) held today, Dec 11. The move preempts Modi's legal council from questioning the tenability of the panel since its mandate hadn't been renewed since September this year.
The Board also decided to constitute a second disciplinary committee to be headed by the Board president Shashank Manohar, which has been empowered to look into cases other than Modi's. The committee probing Modi's case has been scheduled to meet on Dec 15 in Mumbai. At the meeting, the panel will cross examine witnesses and look at key documents in the concerned case.
Modi had moved to Supreme Court after the Bombay High Court had on July 15 rejected his petition seeking reconstitution of the disciplinary committee. The apex court will now hear the matter in the second week of Jan. The committee is considering summoning Modi once the court verdict is out.
Modi had responded with a staggering 15,000-page reply to the first show cause notice served on him on April 26 by the Board, accusing him of financial irregularities and bid-rigging in the IPL.