The BCCI-Lalit Modi battle is far from over. The Board may move Delhi High Court, possibly on Monday, against the stay granted by a lower court on the September 25 special general body meeting (SGM) the Board had called to discuss a disciplinary committee report on suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi.
BCCI sources said on Sunday that preparations were on to challenge the lower court’s order as only three days were left for the conclave in Chennai.
“The Modi issue is a prestigious one for BCCI officials, particularly for president N. Srinivasan, as they feel that all the government tax agencies’ heat on the Board is due to decisions that he took. So, the Board would like to hold the SGM at the earliest to discuss the Modi report, and moving the Delhi High Court would be a natural thing to do,” a source told Mail Today. Modi was suspended moments after the 2010 IPL final in Mumbai for his “individual misdemeanours”, comprising allegations of misappropriation of funds and some other undemocratic steps that he, as IPL chairman and commissioner, took during his tenure between 2008 and 2010.
The BCCI slapped three notices on Modi and he replied to all in great detail. Then a three-member special disciplinary committee, comprising Arun Jaitley, Chirayu Amin, Board president Shashank Manohar, was constituted to probe the Modi issue. But after Modi objected to Manohar being part of the committee, he recused himself and Jyotiraditya Scindia replaced him.
The committee then probed several people involved with the issue and submitted a 134- page report recently. As per its rules and regulations, the BCCI then called the SGM on September 25 to discuss the report. There has been a general feeling that Modi would be debarred for life from the Board.
But the London-based Modi successfully pleaded before an additional judge at the Patiala House Courts that Srinivasan, Jagmohan Dalmiya, who is currently looking after the day-to-day affairs of the Board, and interim secretary Sanjay Patel unauthorisedly called the SGM. Additional judge Ruby Alka Gupta granted a stay on the SGM till September 30. Interestingly, the Board AGM is on September 29.
Shaken, the BCCI might now move the Delhi High Court on Monday. “After the SGM notice was issued on September 2, all the members had booked their tickets to go to Chennai. And supposing it takes a few days to get a favourable court order, even then the BCCI would like to hold the SGM at the earliest. If that means holding the SGM on September 30, a day after the AGM, or a few days later, that would be done,” said the source. “It’s a prestigious issue, after all, and many Board members want to get rid of Modi as soon as possible.”
Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) on Sunday openly declared its unconditional support to Srinivasan in his bid to win a third year in office.
ACA along with Goa were absent from a meeting of the six south zone associations that Srinivasan had called recently in Chennai. ACA secretary G. Ganga Raju said on Sunday that his absence doesn’t mean he has deserted Srinivasan.
“I was in Delhi the day that meeting took place. But there’s no question of opposing Srinivasan. We are supporting him; the entire south zone is with him. We know who is capable of running the BCCI,” Raju told Mail Today. Goa president Vinod Phadka had told Mail Today on Thursday that his association was firmly behind Srinivasan. He had disclosed that he went to Chennai three days before that meeting and met Srinivasan. A source said that a resolution was passed at that meeting of south zone associations in support of Srinivasan.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.