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BCCI welcomes HC's rejection of Modi's petition

September 15, 2010 14:39 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India welcomed the Bombay High Court's decision to dismiss suspended IPL chairman Lalit Modi's petition challenging the constitution of its disciplinary committee and decided to continue the hearing in New Delhi.

The three-member committee, which met last evening at Jyotiraditya Scindia's residence, is scheduled to meet in New Delhi at 2:00 pm.

"We are happy that the court did not give any relief to Mr Modi. The Committee will proceed, the witnesses are already on the list and the meeting would go ahead," BCCI CAO Ratnakar Shetty told reporters.

"BCCI has always adopted a stand that we are not vindictive, we want a proper inquiry and a charge sheet was given to him (Modi). The same bench has dismissed his earlier petition also," Shetty said.

Modi's counsel Mahmood Abdi was unhappy that BCCI did not listen to their request of deferring the hearing to a future date.

"What's the hurry? It's humanly impossible to reach there. The list of witnesses was given and it was clear who will depose first. It was to start with Sundar Raman but now they say the foreigners would be examined first.

"We have been allowed to make a request to deferment of this hearing, predetermined by the committee, to a future date," Abdi told reporters.

"How can you examine all witnesses in three-four hours? What was the need to bring all of them (foreigners) together? This is unprecedented haste, speaks volumes for itself."

But Abdi said somebody from Modi's side will be present at the hearing in New Delhi. Asked what would be their next step, Abdi said, "Special Leave Petition is an option but we have not decided as yet."

Abdi also contended that it was not for the second time the court has dismissed its petition on the same request.

"That (dismissal) was for some issue. This is the recusal issue," he said.

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