Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has reserved its order for 5th April on Mr. Lalit Modi’s appeal against Single Judge Order dated 4th March vacating the stay on proceedings of the Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI.
The appeal was argued by Senior Counsel Mr. Ram Jethmalani who challenged the very constitution of the committee. Mr. Modi had prayed for stay of proceedings of disciplinary committee as an interim relief.
In the meanwhile, the court has desired that BCCI disciplinary committee should consider not proceeding with its sittings scheduled for 22-24th March in New Delhi.
Earlier, the former IPL chairman had appealed in the Bombay High Court against an earlier order directing for the cricket board to initiate the enquiry proceedings.
Justice S J Kathawala had on March 4 dismissed Modi's application challenging the existence of the Disciplinary Committee, formed last year to look into charges of financial improprieties against Modi during his tenure as IPL chairman.
Rapping Modi for trying to delay the procedure, the court had also lifted its interim stay on the proceedings of the committee and had directed for the cricket board to initiate the enquiry.
A division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R G Ketkar today after hearing Modi's counsel Ram Jethmalani and BCCI's counsel Rafiq Dada's arguments has kept the matter for further hearing on Tuesday.
"We had sought for stay on the DC enquiry pending disposal of the appeal. We would now request with BCCI to postpone the enquiry till the High Court decides on our appeal," Modi's lawyer Mehmood Abdi said.
BCCI counsel Rafiq Dada argued that DC is like a domestic tribunal which will only be conducting an enquiry and submitting its findings. The ultimate decision making body is the Board.
Modi had challenged the very existence of the DC, saying its term expired on September 29 last year and it was not reconstituted.