The BCCI-appointed disciplinary committee that is looking into the alleged financial irregularities by the suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, would be completing its investigation by this month end, a move being objected to by the defence.
The three-member Committee met for two consecutive days in the national capital on April 22 and 23, during which it heard versions of Modi’s legal team and BCCI counsels, official sources said.
The Committee has decided April 29 as the next day of hearing on which it is likely to complete its proceedings, they said.
A defence team representing Modi, who is staying in London due to security threats, has sought more time to cross-examine the witnesses and give more evidence to the Committee.
“We have sought more time to cross-examine witnesses and give more proofs. Moreover, there are versions of witnesses running across 12 fat volumes and other submissions of over 25,000 pages which need to be perused by the Committee. How can the panel finalise its findings in three sittings?” asked Mehmood M. Abdi, General Counsel and Constituted Attorney of Modi.
The panel, comprising Arun Jaitley, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Chirayu Amin, started hearing the matter in July 2010, two months after Modi was suspended as IPL Commissioner due to alleged financial irregularities.
“We are hearing all versions. The Committee is following its procedures. It has given sufficient time to the concerned parties to give their point of view,” a panel member said.
Modi is facing about 15 charges of irregularities including the accusation of having proxy stakes in IPL franchises among others.
Modi has also offered himself to be available for cross examination via video link from the second week of May, as he was having dental sittings regularly.