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HC rejects Modi’s plea against BCCI

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected the petition filed by Lalit Modi to remove Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin from the BCCI’s disciplinary committee probing Modi’s involvement in the financial irregularities in organising the Indian Premier League (IPL).

While dismissing Modi’s appeal to change the disciplinary committee, the court said Modi’s allegations were unanswerable, adding the BCCI committee was not bias as alleged by the suspended IPL commissioner in his petition.

The court, however, held that Modi can raise the issue of bias at a later stage while challenging the final decision of the committee and the BCCI.

Modi had asked for removal of Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin from the disciplinary committee. Both sides were expected to examine and cross-examine four witnesses called upon by the BCCI – IPL CEO Sundar Raman and Paul Manning, John Loffhagen and Peter Griffiths, all from IMG.

The suspended IPL chief had earlier also filed petition on the same grounds but another division bench in July said that he could raise the issue before the committee itself. The committee subsequently rejected his argument on August 11 holding that Amin and Jaitley need not pull out.

Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice DY Chandrachud also refused to stay Wednesday’s proceedings of the disciplinary committee, which is to resume in New Delhi.

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