Hours before a BCCI special meet to consider a disciplinary panel report on Lalit Modi for alleged financial irregularities in the cricket league, the ex-IPL Commissioner today moved the Supreme Court for a stay of the meeting.
A bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi, before whom the matter was mentioned for urgent hearing, directed Modi to mention the case before the bench concerned at 2 pm. Modi approached the apex court challenging the order of the Delhi High Court which had yesterday allowed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to hold the meeting. The high court had vacated the stay granted by the trial court on the meeting.
BCCI had moved the high court challenging the trial court's September 21 order restraining it from holding its Special General Meeting (SGM), contending that the lower court had no jurisdiction to pass such an order as the meeting is scheduled to be held in Chennai.
The high court, while allowing BCCI to hold its meeting today, had said, "The decision of SGM is subject to the decision of the suit pending before the trial court." The high court had also dismissed Modi's cross-appeal against the decision of the lower court which had declined to pass an interim order on his petition challenging the appointment of Sanjay Patel as Secretary and Jagmohan Dalmiya as the interim chief of BCCI by N Srinivasan.
While rejecting Modi's arguments questioning the appointment of Dalmiya and Patel, the high court had said Srinivasan continues to be the President of BCCI and he is also vested with some power to appoint them as functionaries of the Board.
On September 21, the trial court had in an ex-parte order restrained BCCI from holding its SGM on Modi's plea challenging Patel's authority as BCCI Secretary in issuing the September 2 notices to him for considering the report of a three-member disciplinary committee comprising Arun Jaitley, Chirayu Amin and Jyotiraditya Scindia on September 25.