If you think that Saturday's Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could stamp the exit of Lalit Modi from Indian cricket administration fraternity, think again.
The SGM will only take the ongoing enquiry into the suspended IPL chairman's alleged financial impropriety a step further. The three-point agenda circulated by BCCI secretary N Srinivasan on June 19, a copy of which is in possession of HT, does not mention moving a motion to oust Modi. And since an SGM cannot discuss any issue not listed in the agenda, the chances of moving a motion against Modi with a 3/4th majority on Saturday are nil.
As expected, the prime issues include the ratification of Srinivasan's refusal of Modi's replies to the three show-cause notices and to appoint a replacement for president Shashank Manohar, who has recused himself from the disciplinary committee that will deal with Modi.
Manohar recused himself following Modi's demand that both the president and the secretary do so, but Srinivasan is not on the committee in the first place. Saturday's exercise is aimed to be transparent, especially in the wake of a possible legal battle against Modi. "The president could have appointed his replacement in his own right," a BCCI insider told HT.
It’s expected that the disciplinary committee will be asked by the SGM to submit their report in time to be discussed by the AGM in September.