The BCCI has given suspended Lalit Modi 15 days to reply to the charge sheet and show-cause served on him on Sunday.
In a statement, BCCI president Shashank Manohar said: “The Secretary, BCCI, Mr. N. Srinivasan, has, in consultation with me, issued the notice, under Rule 32 (iv) calling upon him to show cause within 15 days why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. Simultaneously, in exercise of the powers vested in me under Rule 32 (vii), I have suspended Mr. Lalit K. Modi from participating in the affairs of the Board, the IPL, the Working Committee and any other committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.''
The charge sheet is largely on the following aspects: 1. With regard to the initial bids of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab; 2. Broadcasting deal with MSM/WSG; 3. Bid rigging of the two new franchisees; 4. Internet rights and 5. Mr. Modi's behaviour.
What the Rule says
BCCI Rule 32 (iv) says: “If any member or associate member or any administrator of the Board commits any act of indiscipline or misconduct or acts in any manner which may or likely to be detrimental to the interest of the Board or the game of cricket or endanger the harmony or affect the reputation or interest of the Board or refuses or neglects to comply with any of the provisions of the Memorandum and/or the Rules and Regulations of the Board and/ or Rules of conduct framed by the Board, the Hon. Secretary of the Board, on receipt of any complaint shall, in consultation with the President, forthwith issue Show-Cause Notice calling for explanation and on receipt of the same and/or in case of no cause or insufficient cause being shown, shall refer the same to the Committee. The Committee, after providing an opportunity of hearing to the parties concerned, shall submit its findings to the Board. The Board shall at the Special General Meeting specially convened take an appropriate decision by a majority of 3/4th members present and voting at the said meetings.”
Rule 32 (vii) says: “Pending enquiry and proceeding into complaints or charges of misconduct of any act of indiscipline or violation of any rules and regulations, the concerned member, associate member, administrator, player, umpire, team official, referee or the selector [including the privilege and benefits such as subsidies to the member or associate member] may be suspended by the president from participating in any of the affairs of the Board until final adjudication. However, the adjudication should be completed with (in) six months.”