Blow for Modi as HC dismisses petition

Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 14:46 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed suspended Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi’s petition seeking the recusal of two of the BCCI’s disciplinary committee members.

Modi had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court asking for the recusal of Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin on the ground that they were biased against him.

Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice D Y Chandrachud also refused to stay today`s proceedings of the disciplinary committee.

Modi had argued in the petition that two members of the committee -- Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin -- are likely to be biased against him and pleaded that they should be replaced.

The court, however, held that Modi can raise the issue of bias at a later stage while challenging the final decision of the committee and the BCCI.

The suspended IPL chief had earlier also filed petition on the same grounds but another division bench in July said that he could raise the issue before the committee itself.

The committee subsequently rejected his argument on August 11 holding that Amin and Jaitley need not pull out.

Being aggrieved, Modi moved the High Court second time but the court did not grant him any relief today.

Talking to reporters, BCCI CAO Ratnakar Shetty said that the hearing had been fixed for 2 PM today.

“We are very happy that the honourable justice did not give any relief to Modi. We will go ahead with the disciplinary committee hearing as planned,” he said.

“The hearing is fixed to start at 2 PM today and it will go on,” Shetty added.

Earlier on Tuesday, Modi has asked the BCCI to halt its disciplinary committee proceedings against him till the Bombay High court pronounced its order.

Modi`s lawyer Mehmood Abdi had said, "The arguments concluded today. Keeping in view the urgency of the matter the court has reserved the judgement to be pronounced tomorrow at 11 am.”

"In view of this development we are requesting BCCI to defer the disciplinary committee proceedings at least till the judgement is pronounced tomorrow because if we succeed the entire proceedings of the disciplinary committee shall be stayed," Abdi said.