Lalit Modi's legal counsel Mehmood Abdi, on Saturday termed the BCCI's decision to refer charges against him to the disciplinary panel as well as to initiate civil and criminal proceedings against the suspended Indian Premier League chief as "legal absurdity".
"The decision taken is a legal absurdity. On the one hand the Special General Meeting of the BCCI decided to ratify referring of charges against Mr Lalit Modi (by secretary N Srinivasan) to the (reconstituted) disciplinary committee for further investigation."
"On the other hand the BCCI decides also to file criminal charges against Mr Modi on the same ground. That means the BCCI has already formed an opinion about the commitment of offence by Mr Modi," Abdi said.
Abdi asked what would be left for the disciplinary panel, which was reconstituted by the SGM by including Union Minister and Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association chief Jyotiraditya Scindia in place of BCCI chief Shashank Manohar, to probe into once the criminal complaint has been filed.
"In this case what is left for the Disciplinary Committee to probe into? There is nothing more for the Committee to work upon. This is a situation which can be described as legal absurdity," Abdi said.