Scindia replaces Manohar for Modi’s hearing

Zeecric Bureau

Mumbai: In a new development to the BCCI-Lalit Modi tussle, Jyotiraditya Scindia will now replace board’s chairman Shashank Manohar in the disciplinary panel for Modi’s hearing.

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association chief, Scindia has been preferred over Rajiv Shukla to replace Manohar in the 3-membered disciplinary panel, and will now join IPL Interim Chief Chirayu Amin and Arun Jaitley for the hearing.

Media reports on Saturday claimed that the BCCI is likely to file criminal charges against suspended IPL Chief Lalit Modi in several cases of major financial irregularity in the Indian Premier League.

Sources said the BCCI is likely to file an embezzlement case of between Rs 1200-1500 crore against the suspended IPL commissioner.

The BCCI has convened a Special General Meeting (SGM) in Mumbai where the final draft of the ‘Modi exit plan’ is being discussed in detail. According to sources, 30 members are attending the meeting and the ones like IS Bindra, who are allegedly close to Modi, are expected to give a miss.

Sources indicated that Modi will not be ousted on Saturday, as the BCCI is keen to give him a fair trial and follow all the procedures.

The SGM is expected to ‘ratify the action of BCCI secretary N Srinivasan’ and discuss in detail the replies by the suspended IPL chairman to notices issued to him.

Srinivasan had earlier rejected Modi’s voluminous replies to the show-cause notices as ‘unsatisfactory’ and referred the matter to the disciplinary committee.

The BCCI members have been provided with copies of Modi’s reply to three showcause notices.

Modi had been charged on several counts ranging from financial irregularities to bid- rigging as chairman of the cash-rich IPL.

Modi, who was backed by BCCI vice president Farooq Abdullah and Bangalore Royal Challengers owner Vijay Mallya when the IPL controversy surfaced, would find the going tough as his support base has quickly waned.