Chris Cairns wins legal battle against former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi

Dismissing fixing allegations leveled against Chris Cairns by former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi, Justice David Bean of the London High Court awarded £90,000 (Rs 74 lakh approx) damages to the former New Zealand all-rounder. Not only that, much to Modi’s disappointment, the court also ordered him to pay an additional £400,000 (Rs 3.26 cr) on account of Cairns's legal costs within 28 days, says a report in The Times Of India.

Modi, on his part, said he is planning to appeal in the Supreme Court in London, adds TOI. Modi said, “I have received the judgment and I am immediately considering an appeal with my legal team. It would, therefore, be inappropriate for me to comment any further at this time.”

Modi had accused Cairns of match-fixing on Twitter in January 2010. Although the official reason given for the all-rounder’s ICL contract getting terminated in October 2008 was “concealment of an ankle injury”, Modi had tweeted that match-fixing was the reason why Cairns was eased out of the team and wasn’t allowed to play in IPL.

“Your client is a man of some means, you'll need to persuade me on a stay,” the court said when Modi's lawyer asked for a stay on damages, says a Hindustan Times report.

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