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Lalit Modi to face disciplinary action, orders Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court today rejected the petition filed by suspended IPL Chairman Lalit Modi challenging the disciplinary proceedings initiated against him by the BCCI.

cricket Updated: Jul 15, 2010 15:28 IST
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IPL Chairman Lalit Modi

The Bombay High Court today rejected the petition filed by suspended IPL Chairman Lalit Modi challenging the disciplinary proceedings initiated against him by the BCCI.

The court refused to stay disciplinary proceedings against Modi. However, the court added that the disciplinary panel should keep Modi's objections in mind.

On Wednesday, Modi's lawyer Virag Tulzhapurkar told the court that his client can't expect "impartial and honest" decision from disciplinary committee which will conduct enquiry against him.

The committee is going to meet on July 16 and has summoned Modi to appear. But Modi has sought an independent
"outside" body for conducting inquiry instead of the present disciplinary panel of Arun Jaitley, Jyotiraditya Scindia and
Chirayu Amin, IPL's interim Chairman.

"Decision of this committee is a foregone conclusion," said Tulzhapurkar.

He alleged that actions of BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan "were actuated by bias against Modi", as the latter had made
allegations against Srinivasan regarding having a stake in IPL franchise team Chennai Super Kings.

Similarly, Amin, a member of the committee and acting Chairman of IPL, too had a personal bias against Modi, said
advocate Tulzhapurkar.

Even Jaitley should not be on the panel because he, along with Amin, was part of the IPL's governing council which
"ratified" Srinivasan's opinion that there was prima facie evidence to initiate disciplinary inquiry against Modi, he
said.