Disciplinary panel to have six more hearings till Sept 28

Last Updated: Aug 30, 2010, 00:44 AM IST

New Delhi: The BCCI Disciplinary Committee probing the alleged financial irregularities by suspended IPL Chairman Lalit Modi today fixed six more hearings till September 28 after both sides agreed to the schedule and procedure of the proceedings here on Sunday.

The BCCI, in a statement said, both sides would furnish evidence and be subjected to cross examination on September 13-15 and September 26-28.

"The hearing had been fixed today to finalise procedure and time schedule for further hearing in this enquiry. The advance dates for hearing of evidence/cross examination are fixed for 13/14/15 September and 26/27/28th of September 2010.

The hearing would be held at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi from 10 am to 1 pm. and from 6 pm to 9 pm," the statement said.

"It is agreed that the BCCI would submit a list of witnesses along with their witness statement on or before 7th September 2010 with advance copy to counsels of Mr Modi. It will be the responsibilities of the BCCI to make these witnesses available for cross examination by the counsels of Mr Modi. The next dates for hearing are fixed for these
purposes," the statement added.

It said on completion of BCCI`s evidence, counsels for Modi would thereafter submit a list of witnesses which they want to produce and a week would be given for filing of witness statement and making them available for cross examination.

"In case the evidence on behalf of BCCI gets completed on these dates and the assessment would be made by 15th of September with regard to witness and advance statement of Mr. L K Modi`s witnesses," according to the minutes of the meeting released by the BCCI.

"Both BCCI and Mr Modi`s counsels are directed to file statement indicating the documents of the other side which they dispute and this shall be completed by 7th September 2010," the statement signed by BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Prof Ratnakar Shetty said.

"Counsel for Mr Modi indicated that their participation in this enquiry is without prejudice of right to challenge the orders that the committee passed on 11th August 2010 (on recusal issue)," it said.

Modi`s lawyer Mehmood Abdi said the hearings will be over by September 28, as day before the BCCI Annual General Meeting.

"The proceedings will be over by September 28. We will have continuous meeting of three days on two occasions next month. We will have back to back meetings on September 13-15 and September 26-28 after today," Abdi told reporters after today`s hearing here.

PTI