Another lease of life has come Lalit Modi's way. The Bombay High Court has stayed the proceedings of the disciplinary committee which is probing the former IPL chairman's past dealings, to Jan 10, 2011. The court was reacting to a case filed by Modi in which he claimed the committee was inappropriately appointed. The court observed that Prima Facie there was an argument to stall the hearings. The hearings were initially to be held on Dec 27 and 28.
Modi's lawyers argued that since the BCCI hadn't appointed three members to the committee at its annual general meeting (AGM) in Sep, the committee was in accordance with the board's constitution, stripped of existence. Modi had also raised objection of two persons figuring in the committee - IPL chairman Chirayu Amin and BCCI Vice President Arun Jaitley - as he claims they are harbour grudges against him.
His case was rejected by the Bombay High Court but the Supreme Court told the board and Modi in October to come to a compromise on the issue. However, the two sides have failed to do so and the case is still pending.
Earlier this month, the board went ahead and reinstated the disciplinary committee with the same members. However, Modi's legal representative claim
that the move is still in contravention of the boards bye-laws and that the committee is not valid.