BCCI rejects Lalit Modi’s plea over disciplinary panel

Zeecric Bureau

Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday rejected suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi’s plea for the recusal of Chirayu Amin and Arun Jaitley from the disciplinary panel investigating the charges of financial irregularities against him.

The three-member disciplinary panel, comprising Chirayu Amin, Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia, had allowed Modi to be represented by his lawyers during their July 16 meeting after the suspended IPL commissioner received death threats from the under world.

Setting August 18 as the next date for the disciplinary hearing, the Board refused to oblige Modi without specifying the reasons for the decision.

"The request of Mr Lalit Modi for recusal of certain members of the Disciplinary Committee is rejected," the BCCI said in a statement.

"The next hearing of the Disciplinary Committee is fixed for Wednesday August 18 at 7:30 pm at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi," it added.

Apart from Amin (the interim IPL chief) and Jaitley (BCCI vice-President), the three-member panel also comprises Congress MP and Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association chief Jyotiraditya Scindia.

The panel has met thrice so far and Modi has been absent on all the occasions, leaving it to his legal team to present his case against allegations of financial irregularities.

The last hearing of the panel took place on August 1 after which the committee reserved its order on the contentious recusal issue.

Modi`s lawyer Mehmood Abdi had then stated that the arguments on their demand of recusal of panel members Jaitley and Amin were complete.

Modi has been insisting that Jaitley and Amin recuse themselves from the panel as they are also part of the BCCI, which has made the allegations against him.

Modi was embroiled in a major controversy regarding his brain child Indian Premier League’s functioning and has vehemently asked the members of the panel to be changed as he suspects an unfair trial at their hands.

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