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Cricket action reaches courts

Wednesday was a day when lawyers were kept busy in three separate cases involving officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

cricket Updated: Sep 16, 2010 01:45 IST
HT Correspondent

Wednesday was a day when lawyers were kept busy in three separate cases involving officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

The most high-profile of these, the disciplinary committee’s proceedings against suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi, barely moved forward. Lawyers Vasanth Kotwal and Swadeep Hora were partially into crossexamining Peter Griffiths, of the International Management Group, when the hearing adjourned, and will resume on September 27.

High Court dismisses Modi’s petition

In Mumbai, on Wednesday morning, the Bombay High Court, for the second time, dismissed Modi’s petition challenging the composition of the Disciplinary Committee currently hearing charges against him. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice D Y Chandrachud also refused to stay Wednesday’s proceedings of the disciplinary committee. Modi had asked that a panel comprising of independent persons – preferably retired judges – hear proceedings against him.

Supreme Court asks probing questions

The Supreme Court today put some probing questions to the BCCI on permitting its Secretary N Srinivasan to bid for an IPL franchise, as there appeared to be a "conflict of interest."

A Bench of Justices J M Panchal and Gyan Sudha Mishra, said Srinivasan, being a key member of BCCI, should have ideally suspended his association with the Board before bidding for the franchise, which he had successfully won.

"An amendment has been brought and there seems to be a conflict of interest. Can a person be a judge of his own case? I am hearing the matter relating to the controversy. But can I participate in the bidding of IPL teams tomorrow?" Justice Sudha, speaking for the Bench, asked Attorney General G E Vahanvathi who appeared for the Board.

The court posed the query during the day-long hearing of the petition of former BCCI president A C Muthiah.