A special three-member BCCI disciplinary committee on Monday wrapped up hearing in the Lalit Modi suspension case while giving 15 days’ time to the legal team of the suspended IPL chairman to submit the final written submissions.
On April 25, 2010, then BCCI president Shashank Manohar had suspended Modi for alleged “ individual misdemeanours” under Rule 32( iv) of the Board’s constitution, just seconds after the IPL final.
The BCCI slapped Modi, who conceived the idea of IPL, with three show cause notices, and also launched the inquiry. Modi replied to all the notices, and has since been living in England saying he was facing threats to his life in India.
“The committee has also decided to give us 15 days’ time to file our written submissions.
We will try to meet the deadline given for making the final submissions,” Mehmood M. Abdi, constituted attorney of Modi, told MAIL TODAY. “ However, we are making a request for a further two sessions of three hours each for completing our submissions,” he said after the committee met here on Monday.
The BCCI did not issue any statement on Monday. When contacted, top Board officials were not available for comment and didn’t reply to e-mails.
Modi’s legal team was furious at the decision of the disciplinary committee comprising Arun Jaitley, Jyotirditya Scindia and Chirayu Amin.
“BCCI has preferred to go a very pervasive and bizarre path by not allowing our legal team to complete our submissions before concluding the hearing today,” Modi’s constituted attorney Mehmood M. Abdi Abdi told MAIL TODAY . “ If we feel aggrieved by any order of the committee, we’ll take legal recourse, as the country is being run by the rule of law and not by the whims and fancies of a domestic inquiry,” he said.
The inquiry concluded without Modi getting an opportunity to appear before the disciplinary committee via video link, as his legal team has been demanding.
“The committee wanted us to complete our submissions in three hours today. It was humanly impossible.
Not only that, they have also refused to take Modi’s witness statement on record and refused to allow him to present himself via video link from London,” Abdi said.
“The video link facility would not have been a great favour to Modi as most of the BCCI’s seven witnesses used this facility liberally, not only from abroad but also when they were in India,” he alleged.
Modi’s legal team claimed that the BCCI denied Modi the chance as he was late by 34 hours.
“We explained in writing as well as orally that having undergone dental treatment, he was not in a position to speak. But he offered himself to be present on video link for cross examination in the second week of May,” Abdi said.
The disciplinary committee started hearing in July 2010 and had about 80 sittings in all.