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Modi issue: Board reconstitutes probe panels

cricket Updated: Dec 11, 2010 23:50 IST
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In response to the objections raised by former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi's counsels, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not only reconstituted its disciplinary committee but also claimed to have wielded a masterstroke in the internal probe against Modi.

The special annual general meeting (SGM), held at the BCCI headquarters on Saturday, gave the green signal to two separate committees to tackle disciplinary issues.

"Today's agenda was very limited. The committee ratified the hearings of the disciplinary committee and the panel members will continue," BCCI vice-president, Rajiv Shukla, said after the meeting.

However, he did not specify if the three-member panel of Jyotiraditya Scindia, Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin that's probing Modi's alleged misappropriation of funds will only look after the probe from here on in.

"It was decided that Scindia, Jaitley and Amin will look into the probe related to Modi's misdeeds till its end," a BCCI insider told HT. This panel was formed on July 3 and will now continue till the Board concludes the Modi episode.

"It was also decided that since the constitution requires the president to head the disciplinary committee, Mr (Shashank) Manohar will head the committee with Jaitley and Amin as the other two members and will look into other disciplinary issues," he said.

The insider claimed this will take the fizz "out of Modi's objections". Modi's counsel Mehmood Abdi recently had termed the panel of Scindia, Jaitley and Amin "illegal", claiming its term had expired during September's AGM.

"Now there can be no more objections that will stall the proceedings of the committee," the insider added.