The BCCI, in a statement issued by its secretary Sanjay Patel on Wednesday, has come down strongly on what it called, “some erstwhile office bearers of the BCCI (…) making incorrect statements regarding the issue concerning Rajasthan Cricket Association.”
The Board, he said, had acted only according to the rules and regulations.
Patel said Lalit Modi had been suspended after being issued show-cause notice for “grave indiscipline and misconduct” under section 32 (vii) by then BCCI president Shashank Manohar in April, 2010.
The Board secretary added: “Lalit Modi availed the legal remedies available to him and filed several proceedings in the Bombay High Court which eventually reached the Hon’ble Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court, vide its order dated September 26, 2011, rejected all three Special Leave Petitions filed by Mr. Modi and, in a detailed judgment, held that BCCI was entitled to take disciplinary action against Mr. Modi as per its rules and regulations, and Mr. Modi could challenge any final action taken by the BCCI.”
Patel said: “The disciplinary committee (comprising Arun Jaitley, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Chirayu Amin) submitted its report on June 10, 2013, finding Mr. Lalit Modi guilty on various counts, after which, as per Regulation 32 (iv), a Special General Meeting of the BCCI was called for on September 25, 2013, and the House unanimously adopted the report of the disciplinary committee and, further, by a unanimous resolution passed by all 30 member associations of BCCI including the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), Mr. Lalit Modi was expelled from the BCCI.
“As per Regulation 32(v) of BCCI MRR, any administrator being found guilty and expelled by the Board forfeits all rights as administrator and becomes ineligible to hold any position or office or to be admitted in any committee as a member or associate member of the Board.”
“Vide the order dated April 30, 2014, the Hon’ble Supreme Court directed that if it is found by the BCCI that any person has acted against its rules, regulations or law, which is to be enforced by it, it would be open to it to take action against such a person.
“In pursuance of the order, under authority vested in him as per Regulation 32 (vii) of the Rules and Regulations of BCCI and as per the unanimous resolution passed in the Working Committee of the BCCI on December 28, 2013, the Interim President, Mr. Shivlal Yadav has suspended the Rajasthan Cricket Association from the membership of the BCCI, pending disciplinary proceedings against it on charges of misconduct.”