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Old 24-Jun-2010
Modi: BCCI akin to khap panchayat

Mumbai, June 23

The battle between suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi and senior officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took a turn for the worse today with the former calling the apex governing body of Indian cricket, a khap panchayat.

In a press statement released to the media by Modi's lawyer Mehmood Abdi, the IPL czar questioned the legality of the Special General Meeting called by the BCCI. Attacking N Srinivasan, secretary of the BCCI, Abdi alleged that his client was questioning the method in which the country’s premier cricket body was being run. “Complaints making serious charges against the Secretary have been made yet these are being swept under the carpet,” Abdi said.

Citing the instance of BCCI president Shashank Manohar recusing himself from the inquiry, Modi accused Srinivasan of calling the shots despite a number of serious charges against him. The suspended cricket

official is questioning the validity of the Special General Body meeting called for July 3.

"Under the BCCI rules, secretary can issue show cause as well as take further action on reply to the show cause only upon consultation with the president. While the president, BCCI, being an eminent lawyer, had the grace to recuse himself from the matter, how could the secretary, BCCI, decide to refer the matter to the disciplinary committee on his own and seek post facto approval of his decision by way of ratification by the General Body?" Modi’s statement asked.

Modi also alleged that the special general meeting called by the BCCI on July 3 was a "cover-up for inherent illegality committed by Secretary, BCCI."

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