HC allows BCCI to hold Special General Meeting on Lalit Modi

Lalit ModiLalit Modi, in his cross-appeal, had challenged the appointments of Patel as Secretary and Dalmiya as the interim chief of the cricket board in Srinivasan's place. (PTI)

The Delhi High Court today allowed the BCCI to hold its Special General Meeting (SGM) to consider the disciplinary committee's report on former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi for alleged financial irregularities in the cricket league.

Justice V K Shali set aside the trial court's September 21 order restraining Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from holding its SGM scheduled for tomorrow.

"So far as appeal of the BCCI is concerned, it is allowed," the court said. The High Court 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 and Jagmohan Dalmiya in the BCCI by N Srinivasan.

"Appeal of Lalit Modi is dismissed for the reasons that the relief claimed by him is the same relief which he had already claimed in the main suit before the trial court....it will tantamount to a decree passed by the High Court," it said.

Modi's lawyers sought copy of the order on urgent basis saying they will file an appeal in the Supreme Court tomorrow.

While rejecting Modi's arguments questioning the appointment of Dalmiya and Patel, the court 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.

The BCCI had moved the High Court challenging the trial court's order restraining it from holding its SGM contending the lower court had no jurisdiction to pass such an order as the SGM is scheduled to be held in Chennai.

Modi, in his cross-appeal, had challenged the appointments of Patel as Secretary and Dalmiya as the interim chief of the cricket board in Srinivasan's place.

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 two notices to him for considering the report of a three-member disciplinary committee comprising Arun Jaitley, Chirayu Amin and Jyotiraditya Scindia on September 25.

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