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BCCI calls for special general meeting to decide Lalit Modi’s fate

The meeting could decide the fate of the suspended chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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DNA Web Team

Updated: Sep 28, 2017, 08:45 PM IST

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ViAfter weeks of lull, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suddenly become pro-active. In a move that is aimed at putting the last nail on the l’affaire Lalit Modi, the BCCI has called a Special General Meeting on July 3.

The meeting could decide the fate of the suspended chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The Board officials maintain that any action against Modi can be taken only after the committee’s recommendation but a section of the BCCI feels the general body can authorise the expulsion of Modi. The SGM notice, sent to state associations on Saturday, is vague on this matter.

“The AGM can take any decision. That is the purpose of calling the meeting. He could be expelled,” said a senior member of the Board. On the contrary, a senior office bearer said a verdict will be announced only after the disciplinary committee’s findings.

As per BCCI rules and regulations, a three-fourth majority will be required to expel Modi at the SGM. The meeting has been called after Board secretary N Srinivasan referred Modi’s replies — to the three showcause notices — to the disciplinary committee.

Meanwhile, in a surprise move, Board president Shashank Manohar recused himself from the disciplinary committee proceeding as ‘demanded’ by Modi in a letter (dated May 25) addressed to Manohar and Srinivasan. He had levelled charged against them and wanted them to appear as witnesses.

In a letter to the secretary, BCCI president Manohar stated that although he would not give credence to the charges made against him by Modi, he wanted to make it clear that Modi should not feel that there was any element of bias and prejudice in the Board’s verdict on the affair. Manohar is a member of the disciplinary committee. The other two members are Chirayu Amin and Arun Jaitley.

Meanwhile, Modi was not available for comment. He denied — through his posts on Twitter — making comments ascribed to him by news channels.

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