Recusal of Manohar an eyewash: Modi`s lawyer

Mumbai: 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 Mehmood Abdi.

"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.