The withdrawal of Cricket Board president Shashank Manohar from the disciplinary committee to hear the case of suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi is an "eyewash", said the latter's legal counsel Mehmood Abdi on Tuesday.
"This recusal is an eyewash. After having decided that Modi's replies are not satisfactory, as being reported by a TV channel, Manohar has recused himself. And the man who is not part of the disciplinary committee and whose recusal we had demanded, Secretary N Srinvasan, is the man who has referred the matter to the disciplinary committee," Abdi said.
Abdi also said that while the BCCI seems to have sent the e-mails about the unsatisfactory replies to all and sundry, Modi has not got a copy of it.
"We have not received any such communication from the BCCI which seems to have sent it to all and sundry," Abdi remarked.
Manohar, in a letter to all the BCCI units, had recused himself from the three-member disciplinary committee and a Special General Meeting of the Board has been convened here on July 3 to nominate his replacement in the panel.
BCCI vice-presidents Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin, who is also IPL interim chairman, are the other members of the committee.
The SGM would also ratify Srinivasan's action of referring the charges against Modi to the disciplinary committee for further action and to take appropriate decisions with regard to the conduct of IPL.