BCCI rejects defence, Modi’s ouster looks certain


Prime VIP
New Delhi, June 22

Trouble appears to be mounting for suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi whose ouster looks certain with the Cricket Board today rejecting his defence against the slew of charges levelled against him.

Talking to PTI, BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said he found Modi's reply to the three showcause notices that had been slapped on him "unacceptable".

He said his observation has been forwarded to the affiliate units and would seek ratification in the Board's July 3 Special General Body Meeting, which is expected to oust Modi.

"Since Mr Lalit Modi had accused me of being biased against him, after a thorough and careful reading of his explanation against the charges, I have passed an order that it was not acceptable," Srinivasan said.

"So, as advised by BCCI President Shashank Manohar, my order has been referred to the members of the General Body to ratify my decision on the SGM called on July 3. It is left to them to ratify my order after which the matter will be referred to the Disciplinary Committee," he explained.

"The showcause notices, his reply to them and my order have been dispatched to all the members and a decision will be taken in the meeting," the BCCI secretary said.

Srinivasan said since Manohar has recused himself from proceedings against Modi, as was sought by the suspended IPL Commissioner, a new member would be appointed in BCCI's Disciplinary Committee.

"Since Lalit Modi has also accused Mr Manohar (of being biased), he would be replaced by another member to be decided by the General Body," Srinivasan said.

BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who heads Delhi and District Cricket Association, and Chirayu Amin, who is the interim IPL chief, are the two other members of the Disciplinary Committee. — PTI