Mumbai:Another chapter in the Lalit Modi saga will unfold as he will submit his showcause notice reply to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday but the question is will he do it himself or will his lawyers handle the business.
Though there are reports that his lawyer Mehmood M. Abdi is likely to deliver the reply to the showcause notice with relevant documents at the BCCI headquarters at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
Modi's lawyers say they are confident that the reply will satisfy the Board and Modi would be reinstated as the IPL chief commissioner. His reply is 15 thousand pages long.
A total of 22 charges have been levelled by the BCCI against Lalit Modi.
Among the more serious ones being:
On May 13, the Cricket Board had assured Modi that only documentary proofs provided on charges levelled against him would be used in the proceedings. (Read: BCCI to use only documentary proofs against Modi)
This after Modi had raised apprehensions about BCCI utilizing evidence from "reliable sources" against him and asked the Board to remove oral communication from the proceedings. (Read: BCCI's reliable source is fiction: Modi)
Modi was suspended on April 26, soon after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Season Three final in Navi Mumbai by BCCI which sent him a showcause notice asking him to reply to a slew of charges relating to the conduct of the high-profile Twenty20 league, the deadline for which was extended to May 15.
Suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi is accused of indulging in murky financial deals without the knowledge of the IPL Governing Council, bid-rigging and taking kickbacks from the TV rights and internet deals. (Read: Lalit Modi gets 4 evidences of 'wrongdoings' from BCCI)
Modi's problems were compounded when he was slapped with a second showcause notice by the Board for allegedly trying to provoke English counties to revolt against their parent body, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and start a parallel Twenty20 league. The deadline for the second showcause notice is on May 21. (Read: Lalit Modi slapped with fresh showcause notice)