Nearly two-and-a-half month after his unceremonious removal as Chairman and Commissioner of Indian Premier League, Lalit Modi on Thursday moved the Bombay High Court challenging the disciplinary proceedings initiated by the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) against him.
Fearing that the three-member disciplinary committee appointed by BCCI to handle his case would be biased, Modi has sought setting up of an independent panel to handle the matter.
Modi has also challenged his unceremonious removal following a bitter spat with then union minister Shashi Tharoor. The petition is likely to come up for hearing before the division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhikari on next Friday.
Modi was suspended immediately after the 2010 T-20 season’s final match was played on April 25.
The very next day BCCI issued him first of the three show cause notices alleging serious irregularities. The remaining two-show cause notices were issued to him on May 6 and May 31 to which Modi has submitted voluminous replies.
In his petition before the Bombay High Court, Modi has sought appointment of a mutually acceptable and independent person or panel to consider his replies.
The suspended IPL Commissioner has also sought interim orders restraining BCCI from taking any further steps in pursuance to the show cause notices.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has summoned Modi to appear before its disciplinary committee on July 16. But don’t be surprised if the suspended IPL chairman decides not to attend the hearing.
Modi has challenged the very formation of the three-member disciplinary committee, which would conduct all the proceedings initiated against him. The BCCI has set up the committee, comprising present IPL Commissioner Chirayu Amin, Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia, on July 3.
Modi has also challenged the BCCI’s special general meeting’s ratification of secretary N Srinivasan’s decision to refer the matter to the disciplinary committee. He termed the BCCI action as malafide, illegal, perverse, unconstitutional and liable to be quashed and set aside.
Before moving the high court, Modi had sent a legal notice to BCCI seeking to disband the disciplinary committee. Instead he had sought appointment of retired judges of the Supreme Court as members of the panel for hearing his case.
It is learnt, he has raised the same plea in the petition and raised the same allegations regarding Amin’s alleged role in a consortium bidding for an IPL IV team.