Disciplinary meet ends in a stalemate
The issue of recusal of all three members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Disciplinary Committee looking into the Lalit Modi affair continued to be a stalemate after the body met in Delhi on Tuesday evening.cricket Updated: Jul 28, 2010 00:09 IST
The issue of recusal of all three members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Disciplinary Committee looking into the Lalit Modi affair continued to be a stalemate after the body met in Delhi on Tuesday evening.
A three-hour meeting between lawyers of the two sides proved inconclusive, with the Modi camp continuing to demand that Chirayu Amin, Ajun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia step down from the committee that will decide on the suspended IPL commissioner’s fate.
While Modi’s continued absence was not an issue, the presence of N Srinivasan at the hotel where the meeting was held raised a few eyebrows, especially in the Modi camp. “If Mr Srinivasan has recused himself from these proceedings, what was he doing here when the meeting was on,” asked a source in the Modi camp. “If Mr Srinivasan is interfering in the process in any way, this will only make our case stronger.”
What became clear, however, was the fact that Modi had no intention of appearing before the committee in the near future. When asked if Modi would let the committee know when he could appear before it, his lawyers cited “security concerns” and said that “he would not be able to give any definite date” and that “Modi would only be available through video conferencing.”
Mehmood Abdi, Modi’s legal counsel, announced that talks had been “inconclusive”, confirmed that the recusal of the three members was the only issue discussed, and said that the “committee would meet again on August 1.” Tuesday’s meeting was the second meeting of the Committee.