Modi meets top lawyers
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Apr 28: The embattled Lalit Modi flew into the city on Wednesday to hold consultations with eminent lawyers Harish Salve and Ram Jethmalani amid speculation that he was exploring legal options to challenge his suspension as IPL Commissioner.
Modi first had a meeting with Salve which lasted close to two hours and then was closeted with Jethmalani for some time.
Though it is not known what transpired in these meetings, it is learnt that Modi discussed the show cause notice issued to him by the BCCI and the legal aspects of the entire IPL controversy.
Neither Modi nor Salve were willing to divulge anything.
“I have nothing say anything now. Nothing. You may wait outside my hotel room, but I am not going to say anything”, Modi, who seemed quite annoyed by the media presence, said.
“You saw him and you saw him leave. I have nothing more to say”, Salve said.
The high-flying Modi was suspended as the chairman and commissioner of the league after the final on Sunday because of alleged financial irregularities and rigging of bids.
Modi was charged on five counts, including irregularities in the bids of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab and in the broadcast and internet deals.
Earlier, Modi landed in the capital and had to jostle hard to get out of the airport as waiting media persons blocked his way.
The embattled administrator, who has been given 15 days’ time by the BCCI to respond to charges, looked agitated as he tried to find his way to a waiting car outside the airport exit.
With mikes surrounding him, Modi merely stated, “nothing, nothing” at first before losing his cool.
“Why aren’t you letting me reach my car? Why are you blocking me? Can’t you be gentlemen?” he fumed before being escorted to his car by his bodyguards.
Modi has been at the centre of a raging IPL row ever since his tweets on the shareholding pattern of the new Kochi franchise led to the resignation of Junior Foreign Minister Shashi Tharoor.
Defiant through the controversy, Modi’s suspension prevented him from attending the April 26 Governing Council meeting in which the BCCI came out with its chargesheet against him.
Modi has not responded to the charges as yet and has merely tweeted that it’s not over yet after BCCI President Shashank Manohar launched a scathing attack against him after the Governing Council meet.
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