Delhi court stays SGM called to fix Modi

The single point agenda of the SGM was to take up a special disciplinary panel’s 134-page report and take a decision — possibly a life ban for Modi.

New Delhi: Dealing a major blow to the BCCI — particularly president N. Srinivasan — in its bid to punish suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi for his “individual misdemeanours”, a Delhi court on Saturday stayed a special general meeting (SGM) from taking place in Chennai on Sept. 25.

Additional judge Ruby Alka Gupta, in her three-page ruling, upheld Modi’s contention that since the top BCCI officials have not been legitimately elected, they are not authorised to call the SGM. “The defendants are thus hereby restrained from holding the SGM scheduled for September 25, 2013,” she said after hearing the suit, filed on September 19.

There are seven defendants in the suit. They are: the BCCI, vice-presidents Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin, Jyotiraditya Scindia, interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, interim secretary Sanjay Patel and Srinivasan.

Jaitley, Amin, and Scindia were also members of the special disciplinary committee that probed Modi’s “individual misdemeanours” during his tenure as IPL chairman and commissioner from 2008 to 2010. BCCI has alleged that Modi indulged in misappropriation of funds and took some undesirable decisions.

The single point agenda of the SGM was to take up a special disciplinary panel’s 134-page report and take a decision — possibly a life ban for Modi. As per the leaked report, Modi has been charged on eight counts, which would have given the BCCI general body a reason to fix him.

In the suit, Modi’s attorney Mehmood Abdi claimed that Srinivasan, Dalmiya and Patel were not authorised as per the BCCI’s rules and regulations to call the SGM. Abdi particularly pointed out that Rule 13 (ii), 17 (i) and 32 (iv), which deal with vacancies occurring in the top posts, were not adhered to while making appointments following secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke’s resignations after the IPL fixing scandal broke out with the arrest of cricketers Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan and others on May 16.

Abdi had pleaded that Modi would suffer “irreparable loss”.

“The balance of convenience, thus, lies in favour of the plaintiff. The defendants are thus hereby restrained from holding the SGM scheduled for September 25, 2013,” the judge said.


Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.


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