Modi's 12,000-page tome

Modi's 12,000-page tome

Lalit Modi’s reply arrived in cartons at the Cricket Centre. PTI

The reply refutes all charges against him. True to his style, Modi's dossier was brought in six large cartons carried in four cars to the BCCI headquarters here by his lawyer, and was received by the BCCI’s Chief Administrative Officer, Prof Ratnakar Shetty.

Tweeting hours after the submission of the reply, Modi wrote, "The reply is by my last count around 15,000 pages, the team may have added more, or getting ready to add more as we print thousands of mails.

"I will do a press conference at an appropriate time. It is best to allow my colleagues time to go through my reply. We spent weeks putting it," he added.

Modi had got an extension of five days from the May 10 deadline, and he and his team made the most of it.

Modi's lawyer Memmood S Abdi said, "We have given a clarification on all charges. The showcause should be dropped now. The allegations made by the BCCI are based on hearsay and Modi became the fall guy. All the allegations have been sufficiently and fully addressed," the lawyer said.

"There is no scope for the BCCI to keep the charges alive. The BCCI didn't provide documents to substantiate many allegations that were made," Abdi further said.

Modi's legal team has also prepared a detailed dossier that is likely to focus on counter-charges against two members of the IPL Governing Council. It runs into several thousand pages as it contained detailed response to all the charges and were supported with documents and brochures.

"According to me, the suspension should be revoked today and Mr Modi should be reinstated as IPL Commissioner because the BCCI president (Shashank Manohar) is a renowned lawyer and has the habit of reading 1,000 pages in a minute. So, I feel he should not take much time in reading our reply," Abdi said.

The Board's three-man disciplinary committee, comprising Manohar and vice-presidents Arun Jaitley and Chirayu Amin, the interim IPL head, will take a decision on the matter. The panel is expected to meet in mid-June to decide on the issue.

“The BCCI gave us a 35-page showcause notice and we have given a reply to that in 160 pages,” Abdi added. "We have reserved the right to produce another voluminous set of papers which may run into 37 to 45 thousand pages. It will have the trail of e-mails of the institutions and authorities who matter, if required.”

The lawyer also contended that the BCCI did not follow proper procedure in suspending Modi.

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