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High Court to pass order on Modi's petition on Thursday

July 14, 2010 16:54 IST

The Bombay high court will on Thursday pass an order on the petition filed by suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi, challenging the disciplinary proceedings initiated against him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Modi's lawyer Virag Tulzhapurkar told the court on Wednesday that his client can't expect an "impartial and honest" decision from disciplinary committee that will conduct the 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 to conduct the 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 him 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.

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