Suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has questioned the authenticity of the sources used by BCCI to press charges against him and said the board's reluctance to reveal the identity of the alleged source is illegal and unjustified.
In a letter to BCCI on Wednesday, Modi had raised apprehensions about the reliable source and said it was nothing more than fiction. He also asked the board to remove this oral communication from the proceedings.
"You have declined to name the alleged 'reliable source' who allegedly orally communicated with the BCCI. This confirms my apprehension that there is no 'reliable source' and this is all fiction and the 'privilege and confidential' claim made is only to cover this up," Modi said in his letter.
"Assuming (whilst denying) that this phantom 'reliable source' exists, the withholding of the name of the alleged 'reliable source,' for the reasons stated, is illegal and unjustified. This is also manifestly unfair.
"I cannot respond to the 'unknown' nor be condemned on the basis thereof. This alleged oral communication from the alleged 'reliable source' is required to be wholly excluded from consideration in these proceedings. Please confirm the same," Modi wrote in the letter according to Times Now.
Modi had received four documentary 'proofs' of his alleged wrongdoings out of the 10 charges pressed against him by the BCCI, which said it could not offer evidences for the rest of the six since those were of verbal nature.
BCCI secretary N Srinivasan had written in an e-mail to Modi that other references made in the show cause notice for which we wanted documentary support were oral transactions or verbal communications and there is no documentary proof for those.
Modi had asked for documents from the BCCI for mounting his defence against the first show cause notice that has charged him with financial irregularities and bid-rigging in the Indian Premier League.