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Relief for Lalit Modi as court stays BCCI’s special meet

However,a top BCCI official said that the SGM would go ahead as per the schedule.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi |
September 22, 2013 2:37:15 am

In what came as a relief for Lalit Modi,a Delhi court has restrained the BCCI from holding its September 25 Special General Meeting (SGM) where the board,it is understood,was to impose a life ban on the former IPL chief. The meeting was called to discuss an internal inquiry report on the alleged financial irregularities committed by Modi during his tenure at the helm of the IPL.

The court of Additional District Judge Ruby Alka Gupta issued the ex parte order on a plea filed by Modi challenging the notice issued by the acting Secretary of the BCCI,Sanjay Patel,to attend the SGM.

However,a top BCCI official said that the SGM would go ahead as per the schedule. “We are going to appeal on Monday and are confident we will get a favourable order and we will be able to hold the SGM,” the BCCI official said.

‘Irreparable loss’

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In his plea,Modi alleged that the appointment of Patel as BCCI’s secretary was illegal,therefore he did not have the authority to call any SGM or issue any notice.

“The plaintiff has prima facie shown the notice of the SGM has been issued without appropriate authority. He has also shown that he shall suffer irreparable loss which cannot be compensated in terms of money by the report of the disciplinary committee being considered in an unauthorised meeting,” said the court.

“The balance of convenience thus lies in the favour of the plaintiff. The defendants (BCCI,its office-bearers and members of disciplinary committee) are thus hereby restrained from holding the SGM scheduled for September 25.”

The plea filed by Modi also calls for a permanent injunction restraining the BCCI from holding any meeting regarding the disciplinary enquiry,as well as to restrain BCCI acting president Jagmohan Dalmiya,Patel and N Srinivasan from discharging any functions of the BCCI.

However,the court has not issued any orders on the issues raised by Modi and has issued notice to the BCCI,and other parties named to submit their replies to the injunction plea within four days. The court will now hear the matter on September 30.

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