Modi loses 90,000 pounds libel appeal against Cairns' match-fixing verdict

Johannesburg, Nov. 1 (ANI): Former chairperson of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Lalit Modi's appeal against a 90,000-pound libel case has reportedly been dismissed, which involved ex-New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns over an accusation of match-fixing.

Cairns had sued Modi earlier this year and won the case when a judge ruled the former IPL commissioner "singularly failed" to provide any reliable evidence that the Kiwi was involved in match-fixing or spot-fixing.

Modi had attempted to overturn the ruling, but London's Court of Appeal said the verdict given on the case were proportionate to the seriousness of the allegation and its direct impact on Cairns himself, Sport 24 reports.

"We reject the criticisms of the judge's reasoning or of the total award based on a starting point of 75,000 pounds with the 15,000 pounds uplift directly linked to the conduct of the hearing," the verdict read.

"In our judgment they were proportionate to the seriousness of the allegation and its direct impact on Mr Cairns himself and will serve to vindicate his reputation. The appeal is accordingly dismissed," it added.

The allegation made by Modi is related to the second and third of the three competitions in the Indian Cricket League (ICL) between March-April and October-November in 2008, when Cairns had captained the Chandigarh Lions, the report said. (ANI)

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