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BCCI is ‘Khap Panchayat’: Lalit Modi`s lawyer

Zeecric Bureau

Mumbai: The Lalit Modi-BCCI tiff grew harsher on Wednesday with Modi’s legal aid Mehmood Abdi calling the BCCI as ‘Khap Panchayat’ for their autocratic way of handling the case.

“This is just a cover up of inherent illegality by BCCI secretary. He is utterly irresponsible for referring report to disciplinary committee. All the best to the Khap Panchayat of BCCI,” he said in a reply to the BCCI’s statement that it was not satisfied with the reply tendered by suspended IPL chief Lalit Modi.

"Now it is not a Lalit Modi and Srinivasan fight but evidence of the manner in which the country`s premier sport body is being administered. Complaints making serious charges against the Secretary have been made yet these are being swept under the carpet.”

The withdrawal of Cricket Board president Shashank Manohar from the disciplinary committee to hear the case of suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi is an "eyewash", said the latter`s legal counsel Abdi.

"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. It is like putting the cart before the horse," Abdi said.

Modi has been slapped with three show cause notices by the Board with charges of committing various irregularities in conducting the IPL.

Abdi also termed Srinivasan`s contention that he was not satisfied with Modi`s replies to the notices as a violation of the principles of natural justice.

"The subjective dissatisfaction of Secretary BCCI with regard to the replies of Mr Modi to the three show cause notices surpasses every yardstick of fair play and blatantly violates the principles of natural justice.”

"This recusal is an eyewash. After having decided that Modi`s replies are not satisfactory, as being reported by a TV channel, Manohar has recused himself. And the man who is not part of the disciplinary committee and whose recusal we had demanded, Secretary N Srinvasan, is the man who has referred the matter to the disciplinary committee," Abdi said.

Abdi also said that while the BCCI seems to have sent the e-mails about the unsatisfactory replies to all and sundry, Modi has not got a copy of it.

"We have not received any such communication from the BCCI which seems to have sent it to all and sundry," Abdi remarked.

Manohar, in a letter to all the BCCI units, had recused himself from the three-member disciplinary committee and a Special General Meeting of the Board has been convened here on July 3 to nominate his replacement in the panel.

BCCI vice-presidents Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin, who is also IPL interim chairman, are the other members of the committee.

The SGM would also ratify Srinivasan`s action of referring the charges against Modi to the disciplinary committee for further action and to take appropriate decisions with regard to the conduct of IPL.

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