Friday, July 16, 2010

OK for Modi to skip hearings, says BCCI

In a departure from its memorandum of the Cricket Board's rules and regulations, the Board's Disciplinary Committee on Friday decided to allow suspended Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi to be represented by his legal counsel during the proceedings against him.

This was in the wake of Modi's submission to the panel through his attorney Mehmood M Abdi that he wanted to be represented by his lawyer at the hearing as he was out of the country.

The exception was given to Modi as the committee members agreed with the views expressed by Modi's second counsel Venkatesh Dhond that the charges against him were of a serious nature and complex legal issues were involved, particularly in relation to interpretation of the contract documents.

The three-member Committee, comprising Chirayu Amin, Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia, also heard Dhond's arguments at length on an earlier plea raised for recusal of its members through two letters sent to the BCCI on May 25 and July 6 and has decided to seek a response from the Board.

Modi had asked for recusal of Amin and Jaitley from the panel as he contended they would be biased against him during the proceedings but his petition for reconstitution of the panel was on Thursday rejected by the Bombay High Court.

Dhond also wanted to file an additional plea in this regard to substantiate the request for recusal of the panel's members and the panel has decided to give him time till July 18, as per the minutes of the Disciplinary Committee proceedings.


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