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Chennai police summons Lalit Modi

Chennai: There was more trouble for beleaguered former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi on Tuesday after he was summoned by the Chennai police in connection with a case of financial irregularities filed against him by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary N Srinivasan.

According to reports, Modi and six others have been asked to appear by the first week of January.

Earlier on Monday, the Bombay High Court rejected BCCI’s plea against stay on the proceedings of the board’s disciplinary committee probing allegations of financial irregularities against former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi.

The stay on the hearing, which has been granted till January 10 next year, will continue as per planned.

Modi’s counsel Ram Jethmalani said that after hearing the civil suit filed by Modi, the vacation judge of the High Court Justice S J Kathawala held that a prima facie case has been made out for staying such proceedings.

The senior lawyer argued that Modi had filed the suit contending that under Rule 1 (q) of the BCCI Rules and Regulations there can only be one disciplinary committee which has to be appointed by the Board at every Annual General Meeting (AGM). But the Board had not appointed any disciplinary committee in its AGM held September 29, 2010.

He also added that the BCCI was acting contrary to its own constitution and bye-laws.

The constitution of a separate disciplinary committee to hear the charges against Modi was in effect an attempt to amend the constitution and bye-laws of the BCCI without following the procedure for amendment as contemplated under Tamil Nadu Act and Rules, which are applicable to BCCI.

The counsel argued that an application was therefore moved before the disciplinary committee to discontinue further proceedings on behalf of Modi.

He said on December 11, 2010 BCCI held a special general meeting for extension of period of earlier Disciplinary Committee and for constituting another Disciplinary Committee under Rule 1(q).

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