Delhi High Court to hear BCCI plea on Lalit Modi stay order today

The BCCI moved the High Court on Monday to challenge the order that barred the board from holding its SGM on Wednesday.

Updated: September 24, 2013 09:36 IST
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The Delhi High Court will hear BCCI's plea today against the stay order issued by a trial court barring the board from holding its Special General Meeting on September 25. The BCCI moved the High Court on Monday to challenge the order that restrained the BCCI from conducting the SGM where they are expected to ban former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.

The trial court order was issued last Saturday after Lalit Modi challenged the validity of the SGM. Justice VK Shali will hear the BCCI plea, where the board will contend that the trial court has no jurisdiction over the matter as the SGM is scheduled to be held in Chennai.

If the SGM were to go ahead, the BCCI are expected to ban Modi for alleged financial irregularities in the running of the Twenty20 league. The 49-year-old was also issued a notice by the board to this regard on September 2. However Modi's counsel contended that the notice issued to him was 'illegal and contrary to the rules and regulations of BCCI'. Modi is challenging the appointment of BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patil, who issued the notice, by president-in-exile N Srinivasan. Modi claims that Srinivasan, who agreed to step away from the day-to-day affairs of the board until the probe into the IPL corruption case is completed, has currently no authority to make any appointment.

The trial court had refused to pass an interim order regarding the appointment of Sanjay Patel, but the High Court will also hear Modi's cross-appeal on Tuesday.

Modi was the IPL chairman-cum-commissioner during the first three editions of the tournament but was suspended immediately after the closing ceremony in 2010 on charges of financial irregularities in running the league as well as improper practices during auction of two new teams before the third edition.

During the suspension, a three-member disciplinary committee, comprising political heavyweights Jyotiraditya Scindia and Arun Jaitley along with president Srinivasan, was formed. But Srinivasan recused himself and the erstwhile IPL chairman Chirayu Amin was made a member. But subsequently Amin also recused himself and it became a two-member committee.

However by the time, Jaitley, who looked after the legal part, and Scindia, who looked into the charges of impropreity, submitted an exhaustive 400-page report, Srinivasan had stepped aside from discharging his functions.

(with PTI inputs)

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