Double blow for BCCI in ex-IPL boss Modi’s case

The case is about the alleged suppression of relevant material by the BCCI while its special three-member disciplinary committee heard the Modi case.

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a transfer petition filed by the BCCI for transfer of a civil suit filed by suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi at Delhi to a Bombay city civil court.

A bench, comprising Justice H.L. Gokhle and Justice Madan B. Lokur, which dismissed the transfer petition, was informed that the suit filed by Modi at Bombay has been withdrawn and the writ petition filed by the BCCI against the order of withdrawal on March 14, 2013, was dismissed by the Bombay HC on Wednesday.

“It’s a double setback for BCCI,” Mehmood M. Abdi, general counsel and constituted attorney of Modi told MAIL TODAY . “BCCI has been trying to canvass a case as if the subject matter and causes of action in the suit filed at Bombay and Delhi are one and the same and the issues raised in the Delhi suit are covered by the order dated September 26, 2011, passed by the Supreme Court. Factually, it is not so.”

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Now, the case will continue in Patiala House courts in Delhi. The case is about the alleged suppression of relevant material by the BCCI while its special three-member disciplinary committee heard the Modi case.

Modi is contending that Arun Jaitley, a member of the committee, was canvassing the case of the Kochi franchise and was the “original complainant” on its behalf. He, therefore, says that Jaitley cannot be an adjudicator and a member of the disciplinary committee.

“These minutes were suppressed from us and we’ve specifically alleged in the suit that the relevant parts were suppressed by the BCCI with the consent and connivance of Mr Arun Jaitley,” said Abdi. “The other cause of action in the Delhi suit is the illegal manner in which the records and evidence of the proceedings of the disciplinary committee have been maintained.”

The BCCI suspended Modi in April 2010.


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

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