BCCI president Shashank Manohar has said he wants to give Lalit Modi a fair hearing. In a letter to Board of Control for India (BCCI) secretary N Srinivasan, a copy of which is in possession of DNA, Manohar has said he was withdrawing as a member of the disciplinary committee in order to give Modi a fair deal.
Manohar’s decision follows Modi’s demand that the Board president should recuse himself from the committee. By agreeing to his demand, Manohar has not only surprised Modi but also managed to take a high moral position.
“Modi has made certain allegations against me presumably with an intention that I should not be a member of the disciplinary committee and has further claimed that he wishes to examine me as a witness… Though the allegations made by him are untrue and have no relevance to the charges levelled against him, and though I need not recuse myself from the committee, in order to give a fair opportunity during inquiry to Modi, and to remove any doubt of bias from the mind of Modi, I’m withdrawing myself as a member of the disciplinary committee…,” Manohar wrote.
Reacting to Manohar’s recusal decision, Modi’s counsel said the camp is examining the matter. “We’re seized of the matter and we’re taking advice from our senior counsel, Harish Salve,” Mehmood Abdi said.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has rejected Modi’s replies to the three showcause notices saying they were not satisfactory. In a six-page note — which is also in possession of this newspaper— containing blow-by-blow rebuttal to the points raised by Modi in his replies, the BCCI said the matter has been referred to the disciplinary committee.
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