BCCI Disciplinary Committee meets Lalit Modi's lawyer

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi was represented by his counsel Mehmood Abdi in the two-day hearing Getty Images

New Delhi: Sep 16, 2011

The Cricket Board Disciplinary Committee probing the charges of financial irregularities against Lalit Modi met on Friday with the suspended IPL commissioner being represented by his lawyer.

Modi was represented by his counsel Mehmood Abdi in the two-day hearing at a city hotel before the Committee comprising interim IPL chairman Chirayu Amin, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Arun Jaitely.

Meanwhile, Modi denied that he appeared before the panel via videoconferencing from London and said it could be the handiwork of the BCCI that a section of the media were running such stories.

“This is a direct and deliberate attempt to influence the Supreme Court which has reserved judgment in my case. … Its the Bcci propoganda machinery at work again. In my view it is to try and influence the Honarable Supreme court,” he tweeted.

Abdi said that at no stage of the hearing so far Modi was required to appear before the panel in person or via videoconference.

“It is completely false that Modi appeared via videoconferencing. The Disciplinary Committee hearing has been going on for some time and at no stage Modi was required to appear in person or via videoconferencing,” he said.

“The appeal challenging the constitution of Disciplinary Committee on the ground that it was bias against Modi is pending before the Supreme Court,” he added.

Abdi said that Cricket Board`s witness and IMG management group official Paul Manning was being cross-examined by Modi`s lawyers.

“Most of the time today was on the role of IMG. We cross examined BCCI`s witness Paul Manning today,” he said. (PTI)