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Refusing to interfere with the BCCI’s “internal matters” only because of involvement of “big shots and big money,” the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi’s petition to stall the Special General Meeting (SGM) of the cricketing body.
The court also junked his request to at least put the BCCI’s possible order against him in abeyance till the validity of the SGM was proved.
Minutes after the court’s refusal to give any indulgence to him, Modi was slapped with a life ban by BCCI in its SGM, that was held in Chennai on Wednesday, on the basis of disciplinary committee report holding him guilty under eight charges of “indiscipline and misconduct”.
Extinguishing the last hope for Modi, a bench of Justices HL Gokhale and J Chelameswar pointed out that BCCI was just another registered society in the eyes of law and hence the apex court was not going to get involved in its daily affairs.
“We cannot go into the daily business of a society. If it (BCCI) was just an ordinary society, were we supposed to interfere? It is a matter of its internal regulation,” said the court.
Appearing for Modi, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi claimed that the SGM was “unconstitutional” since it could be called only by the BCCI president. “Admittedly, there is no president in the BCCI at the moment and Mr Dalmiya is just an in-charge officer,” said Singhvi, adding he apprehended the SGM would pass unfavorable orders against Modi.
The bench, however, retorted: “Why don’t you go and explain? Even if one thinks that he will be dismissed, can he be allowed to not go for the meeting at all? You can go and then tell them that the meeting has not been validly called. You may be exonerated or be given lighter punishment. Anything can happen.”
It further said that even if some decisions are taken against Modi, he could challenge them in appeal before appropriate forum and put forth all his contentions against the validity of the SGM.
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With the bench expressing its disinclination to entertain the