Mumbai: Slamming the life ban imposed on Lalit Modi by the BCCI, the former IPL chairman's lawyer Mehmood Abdi on Wednesday said that he would take challenge it in the court.
"The entire disciplinary process was vitiated by malice, prejudice and personal bias which we will challenge in a court of law and expose all those persons with vested interests," Abdi said reacting to the BCCI's decision at its SGM in Chennai.
"We have come to know of Mr Modi's expulsion through the media. We will wait for a formal communication from the Board. The legal recourse to challenge the findings of the disciplinary committee is open to us which we will definitely exercise," he added.
Earlier in the day, the Board's Special General Meeting took less than half an hour to impose a life ban on the controversial former IPL chairman after considering a 134-page report of its disciplinary panel comprising Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia submitted in July.
Abdi described the BCCI decision as "unfair" as his client was not given any chance to defend himself.
"It's an unfair decision. It's a black day in the history of fairness and justice," Abdi said.
"They (BCCI) banned a person who was not given a chance to defend himself. The BCCI recorded statements of their witnesses including Giles Clarke (England and Wales Cricket Board) whereas his (Modi's) witnesses were not examined," he added.
"We will first see whether the quantum of punishment was proportionate to the charges levelled against him. We have the option of challenging the whole process," said Abdi.