India's cricket chiefs yesterday named the disciplinary committee that will decide the fate of Lalit Modi, the suspended boss of the scandal-hit Indian Premier League.
Jyotiraditya Scindia, a junior federal minister, will sit alongside the politician-lawyer Arun Jaitley and the businessman Chirayu Amin in the three-man committee, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced. Scindia, 39, replaced Shashank Manohar, the BCCI president, who opted to step down from the panel after Modi - who faces allegations of corruption, indiscipline and money-laundering – accused him of bias.
Mehmood Abdi, Modi's lawyer, had written to the BCCI demanding that Manohar leave the committee because he had "reasons to believe there was some bias or prejudice against Modi". Jaitley and Amin are both vice-presidents of the BCCI, while Scindia heads the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.
"The disciplinary committee will decide what action must be taken against Modi," Manohar told reporters. The BCCI, owner of the IPL, suspended Modi, 46, after the third staging of the tournament ended in April. He has submitted written replies to the charges that include rigging bids, holding proxy stakes in teams and receiving kickbacks in return for broadcasting deals.He is also accused of planning an IPL-style league in England without the knowledge of the BCCI or the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Modi has also been suspended as one of the five vice-presidents of the BCCI and removed as chairman of the Twenty20 Champions League.