Modi demands reconstitution of BCCI disciplinary panel


Prime VIP
Mumbai, July 6

Suspended IPL Chairman Lalit Modi today demanded disbandment of BCCI’s disciplinary committee, which will probe his alleged regularities in the running of the Twenty20 league, and said retired Supreme court judges should look into his case.

In his legal notice to the Cricket Board, Modi has asked for removal of one of the panelists — IPL’s interim chairman Chirayu Amin — contending that he cannot be a member as he was one of the investors in the consortium which failed in its bid for buying one of the two new IPL franchises — Pune and Kochi.

Modi has made BCCI president Shashank Manohar, secretary N Srinivasan and the three members of the Disciplinary panel as respondents in his notice.

The other members of the Disciplinary panel are Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia, who was chosen unanimously as a replacement for Manohar, after he recused himself from the panel.

Terming the presence of Amin in the panel “unfortunate”, the notice issued on behalf of Modi by his legal counsel said that the suspended IPL chief had disclosed publicly that the T20 League’s interim chief was “an investor who formed a part of the Pune consortium that made an unsuccessful bid for the two franchises this year.”

Saying none among Amin, Manohar and Srinivasan disclosed the fact that the Amin was an investor in the Pune consortium even when he was appointed as IPL’s interim Chairman on April 26, the notice has claimed it was Modi who made the revelation on June 4 through the media.

Charging that BCCI president Manohar had not only suppressed this information but also initially denied it, the notice claimed it was only subsequently after realising the denial “would hold no water” did Manohar admit that Amin was part of the consortium that submitted the Pune bid.

To protect Amin, Manohar had said that the former had submitted a letter to him with a copy to Srinivasan “disclosing his interest and stating that approval of the BCCI would be obtained, should the bid be successful and should he invest in the company to be formed by the consortium members (of which he formed part),” the notice claimed.

“This explanation was false. This explanation was also not only fanciful but also an afterthought. It is interesting to note that such letter has never seen the light of day till date. This is simply because none existed. Should it now belatedly come forth, our client will have good reason to believe that it has been falsified to support the false case put forth," Modi said in the notice. — PTI