BCCI targets Lalit Modi again

Updated: 19 June 2010 14:33 IST

The Indian Cricket Board is all set to take a decision on suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi's fate as it has called for a special general meeting.

BCCI targets Lalit Modi again

New Delhi:

The Indian Cricket Board has convened a special general meeting on July 3 with all state associations to decide the fate of suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi.

State associations have been asked to attend the meeting and speculations are rife that it is likely to include vote in favour of Modi's removal.

While the BCCI has said the meeting has been called to decide on the future course of action and not to sack Modi, sources have said that it could be the next step to push for Modi's removal from the Board.

However, as per BCCI's Memorandum of Rules and Regulations, a three-fourth majority would decide the fate of Modi at the SGM.

"The Board shall, at the Special General Meeting specially convened, take appropriate decision by majority of three-fourth members present and voting at the said meetings," according to the memorandum.

If the SGM decides to expel Modi through a three-fourth majority, he will not be entitled to hold any position or office or be admitted in any committee or any member or associate member of the Board.

The expulsion, if it takes place, would be for three years at the minimum after which the expelled administrator can be readmitted by the Board at a General Meeting again by the same three-fourth majority present and voting, as per the memorandum.

Board Secretary N Srinivasan sent out a letter to the state association on Saturday, asking them to attend the meeting.

He stated in his letter that the meeting has been called to ratify the decision to call charges against Lalit Modi, which are mentioned in the three show cause notices. (Read: Srinivasan's letter to the state associations)

Srinivasan further said that the meeting has also been called "to reconstitute the Disciplinary Committee of BCCI for holding enquiry against Lalit K Modi".

However, giving in to Modi's demand, BCCI president Shashank Manohar has recused himself from the three-man disciplinary committee constituted to conduct a hearing against the suspended IPL commissioner, according to BCCI sources. (Read: Manohar recuses from proceedings against Modi)

Modi was slapped a show cause notice and suspended from all positions in the BCCI, including as chairman and commissioner of its sub-committee IPL, on April 25 soon after the conclusion of the final of the Twenty20 league.

Modi was accused of financial irregularities in the conduct of the league as well as rigging the bids for franchisees and he responded to the notice with a staggering reply running over 15,000 pages.

The Board issued him a second show cause notice -- based on an email from England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke -- which accused him of trying to destroy the structure of world and Indian cricket on the day he replied to the first and he retorted with a 24-page reply.

The third and last notice issued to him related to alleged irregularities in the awarding of theatrical rights and 150-second commercial slot in between balls during the telecast of IPL 3 matches.

He responded to the third show cause notice a few days ago with a 50-page reply with supporting documents.

(With PTI inputs)

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