Sanju Samson on way to his 54, in Jaipur, on Saturday. (PTI)
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday restrained the Board of Control for Cricket in India from holding its special general meeting (SGM) on September 25. The SGM was to consider the report of the disciplinary committee on former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi for alleged financial irregularities in running of the cricket league.
The ex-parte order was passed on the plea of Modi challenging Sanjay Patel’s authority as BCCI secretary in issuing the September 2 notice to him.
The three-member disciplinary committee comprised Arun Jaitley, Chirayu Amin and Jyotiraditya Scindia.
“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.
“The balance of convenience thus lies in the favour of the plaintiff (Modi). The defendants (BCCI, its office-bearers and members of disciplinary committee) are thus hereby restrained from holding the SGM scheduled for September 25,” additional district judge, Ruby Alka Gupta, said.
The court granted four days to the BCCI, Patel, Jagmohan Dalmiya - who is functioning as the interim president in place of N Srinivasan — to file a response on Modi’s plea and posted the matter for September 30.
Modi’s counsel contended the September 2 notice issued to him was without authority, as Patel was not authorised and it was issued on the instructions of Srinivasan.
Srinivasan, in the wake of IPL spot-fixing scam in which his son-in-law is an accused, has chosen not to perform the day-to-day functions of the president of BCCI.
Modi has also sought to declare as illegal and contrary to BCCI rules and regulations the June 2 and 10 decisions of the Board appointing and ratifying the appointment of Jagmohan Dalmiya to look after the day-to-day affairs of the Board and Patel to work as secretary.
A senior BCCI official had on September 2 said that the contents of the exhaustive report filed by disciplinary committee was discussed at the BCCI’s working committee meeting held in Kolkata on September 1.
“The committee’s report has suggested imposing a life ban on Lalit Modi. To decide on his fate, a special general body meeting has been summoned in Chennai on September 25 to decide on the issue. As of now, the life ban looks imminent,” the official had said.
Modi was the IPL chairman-cum-commissioner during the first three editions of the tournament, but was suspended immediately after the closing ceremony in 2010 on charges of financial irregularities in running the league as well as improper practices during auction of two new teams before the third edition. (PTI)