Lalit Modi's expulsion from the BCCI appeared almost certain today with a Special General Meeting unanimously ratifying all charges against him and authorising Board President Shashank Manohar to initiate civil and criminal proceedings against the suspended IPL chief.
It also referred the charges against Modi to a re-constituted disciplinary committee which now has Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia replacing Manohar, who recused himself after Modi accused him of bias.
Manohar said criminal proceedings could be started against Modi for financial bunglings while issuing IPL contracts and rights.
"The house, after deliberation and debate on the matter, resolved that the Board President has the right to start any legal proceedings, including civil and criminal proceedings, against Mr Modi," he told a press conference.
"The civil and criminal matters would be decided after inquiry and that is for the disciplinary committee to decide. I can tell you that there were certain rights given to parties without there being contracts like the ticketing rights of the finals and the third-place match given to a company called 'Ticket Genie'. There was no contract to show how many tickets were printed and how many were sold," he said.
Apart from Scindia, the disciplinary committee also includes IPL's interim chief Chirayu Amin and BCCI vice-President Arun Jaitely. Scindia is the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association chief and a sitting Congress MP from Gwalior.
"There were 30 members present, 29 state associations were there and the house took a unanimous decision ratifying BCCI Secretary's (N Srinivasan) decision to recommend the matter to the disciplinary committee," Manohar said.
"The house unanimously decided to appoint Scindia as the third member of the disciplinary committee. He (Modi) has accused me and Srinivasan of bias, so we both thought that Mr Scindia would be the best person to be in the committee because he is not associated with the day to day functioning of the board," he explained.