BCCI to take legal action against Lalit Modi

It could be trouble time for Lalit Modi as all charges against him have been ratified, and he may have to face both civil and criminal action.

updated: July 03, 2010 11:40 IST
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It could be trouble time for suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi as all charges against him have been ratified, and he may have to face both civil and criminal action.

In the Special General Meeting on Saturday, all charges against Modi, who has been accused of several financial irregularities in the IPL, were unanimously ratified by all 30 members including 29 state associations.

"The house, after deliberation and debate on the matter, resolved that the Board President has the right to start any legal proceedings, including civil and criminal proceedings, against Mr Modi," BCCI President Shashank Manohar told a press conference.

This could also be the first step towards a possible life ban. At least 3/4th vote is required to expel him from the Board.

"The civil and criminal matters would be decided after inquiry and that is for the Disciplinary Committee to decide. I can tell you that there were certain rights given to parties without there being contracts like the ticketing rights of the finals and the third-place match given to a company called 'Ticket Genie'. There was no contract to show how many tickets were printed and how many were sold," he said.

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In the meet that was attended by all board members, the BCCI reconstituted the Disciplinary Committee for probe against Modi.

Chirayu Amin, Arun Jaitley, Jyotiraditya Scindia form the new committee that will hear the case against Modi.

Jyotiraditya, who is also the President of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, was named the third member of the committee after BCCI President Shashank Manohar recused himself from all the proceedings against Modi.

"Jyotiraditya's inclusion in Disciplinary Committee was unanimous," Manohar said.

"Jyotiraditya is not associated with day-to-day function of the Board and that's why we chose him. Modi had accused me and Srinivasan of being biased. So we wanted someone who's not involved with everyday functioning," he added.

The Board President also said that the Disciplinary Committee will decide further action against Modi and it has six months from the date of suspension (April 26th) to complete the enquiry.

Disciplinary Committee will issue notices to Mr Modi. Now it's in the Committee's hands, Not the BCCI's. General body will take all decisions with regard to the IPL.

Asked about an estimate of the financial irregularities, Manohar said, "I can't say on that but I can say there were number of contracts of which we had no knowledge."

Manohar said Modi will have to appear before the disciplinary committee where he would get a chance to put forth his reply on accusations that include taking kickbacks from TV and internet rights.

"Modi says he was not aware about the facilitation fee of USD 80 million. Modi who has signed the contract has given us the reply that he was not aware of the fee. He will be asked to appear before the inquiry committee where he can give his additional reply," he said.

On the World Sports Group's threat to initiate legal action against the BCCI for scrapping its telecast deals, Manohar said, "If they want to go to court, it's fine."

Manohar also said that Kings XI team couldn't be sold till all enquiries were over.