Setback for Modi as Bombay High Court rejects petition

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed Lalit Modi's petition to reconstitute the BCCI Disciplinary Committee.

Updated: September 15, 2010 13:44 IST
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In a major setback to suspended IPL chief Lalit Modi's efforts to gain back some lost ground, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed his petition to reconstitute the BCCI Disciplinary Committee that is looking into corruption charges against him.

The petition was filed by Modi's lawyer Mehmood Abdi on September 9th and had said that his client had challenged the committee's order on August 11 this year.

The Bombay High Court in its order said that there has to be a concrete danger of bias and not just an apprehension.

BCCI had earlier rejected Mosi's demand for the recusal of Chirayu Amin and Arun Jaitley from the disciplinary panel investigating the charges of financial irregularities against him.

The Disciplinary Committee on the other hand is expected to resume it's hearing today.

With panel member Jyotiraditya Scindia unable to attend due to illness, the hearing could not be held on Tuesday morning and only started at 6pm in the evening at Scindia's residence.

The four witnesses in the case - IPL and Champions League Twenty20 CEO S Sundar Raman, who flew down from South Africa, Paul Manning, John Loffhagen and Peter Griffiths, all from England - attended Tuesday's hearing.

The hearing was also attended by Modi's counsel Shailesh Mendon, who requested the committee to defer the hearing till Wednesday until when the Bombay High Court order would come out.

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