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Modi to move Bombay HC against Monday's IPL meeting

india Updated: Apr 23, 2010 00:21 IST
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Beleaguered IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi is understood to be considering the option of moving the Bombay High Court on Friday for an injunction on the Governing Council meeting in Mumbai on Monday.

Sources close to Modi said he has talked to some senior lawyers on the possibility of his taking legal recourse to see that the meeting of the Governing Council is deferred.

The IPL Governing Council meeting on Monday is expected to discuss the current controversy surrounding the league and the possibility of his removal from the post is also not ruled out.

Earlier today, the BCCI rejected embattled Lalit Modi's contention that the April 26 IPL Governing Council meeting was illegal and made it clear that it would go ahead with the meeting as per schedule.

The BCCI also disagreed with Modi's stand that secretary N Srinivasan could not convene the Governing Council meeting merely because he is part of an IPL franchise.

"Whether there is conflict of interest is not an issue because Mr Srinivasan, when this issue had cropped up, had sought the permission of Mr Sharad Pawar, who was the president of the board then.

"Mr Pawar had granted him permission to bid and it is not Mr Srinivasan who is bidding, it was India cement which is bidding and after his bid was accepted it was confirmed by the general body," he added.

Monahar also said while BCCI was aware of Srinivasan's stakes, it was unaware that Modi's relatives and friends had stakes in the franchise and deals. "Mr Srinivasan was a declared bidder. If Modi and his relatives had a share in any of the franchises, he ought to have declared it at the meeting. I was not a member of Governing Council then. He ought to have told everybody," he said.

Modi had questioned the legality of the Governing Council meeting on April 26 saying that he alone had the power to convene such a meeting by virtue of being the IPL chairman.

Modi wanted the meeting to be convened on May 1 as he wanted time to compile all the documents and prepare his defence.

There is intense speculation that the Governing Council will pass a resolution to oust Modi in Monday's meeting irrespective of whether the IPL Commissioner attends the meeting or not.

Manohar also said that he had asked Modi not to disclose the details of all the franchises because there were serious breach of obligation between the Kochi franchises and the board and they were contemplating legal action.

"The original contract for eight teams was signed in January 2008. I was not a member of the governing council then. Now for the first time on April 11 Modi leaks by twitter the names of Kochi franchises," Manohar said.