The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred to November 11 the hearing on a petition filed by suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi seeking reconstitution of BCCI disciplinary committee probing allegations of financial irregularities against him.
The matter was adjourned as Modi's counsel and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani made a plea in this regard before a bench comprising Justices J M Panchal and H L Gokhale.
The bench, which had on October 21 asked the BCCI to consider keeping away the three members of the disciplinary committee from the Board's AGM when the members vote on its report, wanted to know about the progress made in that regard.
However, as the matter came for hearing, Jethmalani said he wanted a short adjournment.
While he was making the plea, BCCI's counsel C A Sundaram said it should be made clear that on behalf of Modi it was stated that an attempt would be made to settle the matter on the issue of disciplinary committee.
He said he was making the submission in this regard as various types of statements are coming in the media relating to the issue.
Sundram said it was Jethmalani who wanted his good offices on the issue.
The court did not record oral submissions nor passed any order and simply adjourned the matter for November 11.
During the earlier hearing, the bench had asked the BCCI, "Why don't you consider that these three members of the disciplinary committee recused themselves from participating in the AGM which will go into the report and vote."
There are 30 members who participate in BCCI's AGM.
The suggestion by the bench had come when Jethmalani had said an attempt would be made to settle the matter on the issue of disciplinary committee.
BCCI had on October 20 turned down the plea of Modi to reconstitute the disciplinary committee by bringing those persons who are not members of the Board.
Jethmalani had repeatedly argued that there was reasonable apprehension that Modi will not get a fair deal before the present committee which was biased against him.
He had submitted that people who had participated in the decision to issue showcause notices to Modi should not be a part of the disciplinary committee.
He has contended that Chirayu Amin, who was involved in the decision to issue showcause notices and later replaced Modi as the IPL Commissioner, cannot be a member of the disciplinary committee.
Modi has approached the apex court challenging the July 15 judgement of the Bombay High Court which dismissed his plea to stay the proceedings by a BCCI-appointed disciplinary committee probing allegations of financial irregularities against him.