Court decision on Modi’s plea Thursday

The Bombay High Court will tomorrow pass the order on the petition filed by suspended IPL Chairman Lalit Modi challenging the disciplinary proceedings initiated against him by the BCCI.

Modi’s lawyer Virag Tulzhapurkar told the court today that his client can’t expect "impartial and honest" decision from disciplinary committee which will conduct enquiry against him.

The committee is going to meet on July 16 and has summoned Modi to appear. But Modi has sought an independent "outside" body for conducting inquiry instead of the present disciplinary panel of Arun Jaitley, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Chirayu Amin, IPL’s interim Chairman.

"Decision of this committee is a foregone conclusion," said Tulzhapurkar.

He alleged that actions of BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan "were actuated by bias against Modi", as the latter had made allegations against Srinivasan regarding having a stake in IPL franchise team Chennai Super Kings.

Similarly, Amin, a member of the committee and acting Chairman of IPL, too had a personal bias against Modi, said advocate Tulzhapurkar.

Even Jaitley should not be on the panel because he, along with Amin, was part of the IPL’s governing council which "ratified" Srinivasan’s opinion that there was prima facie evidence to initiate disciplinary inquiry against Modi, he said.(PTI)

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