In another setback for its president N Srinivasan, a Delhi court on Saturday restrained the BCCI from holding its Special General Body meeting in Chennai on September 25 that was set to ban former IPL commissioner, Lalit Modi, for life.
The court granted stay on a petition filed by Modi. The SGM was called to consider the disciplinary committee report on Modi’s alleged financial irregularities during his IPL tenure. He was indicted by the disciplinary panel comprising Arun Jaitley, Chirayu Amin and Jyotiraditya Scindia on eight different charges.
The BCCI will challenge the order on Monday. Additional district judge, Ruby Alka Gupta, also issued a four-day notice to the Board for its response and posted the matter for September 30. Modi, in his plea, has challenged Sanjay Patel’s authority as BCCI secretary in issuing the notice to him for considering the disciplinary panel’s report.
“The plaintiff (Modi) has prima facie shown the notice of the SGM has been issued without appropriate authority. He has also shown that he shall suffer irreparable loss, which cannot be compensated in terms of money, by the report of the disciplinary committee being considered in an unauthorised meeting,” said the ex-parte order.
“The balance of convenience thus lies in favour of the plaintiff. The defendants (BCCI, its office-bearers and disciplinary committee) are thus hereby restrained from holding the SGM scheduled for September 25,” it said.
Modi’s counsel contended that Patel was not authorised to issue the September 2 notice and that it was issued on the instructions of Srinivasan, who, in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scam in which his son-in-law is an accused, had chosen not to perform the functions of the BCCI president.