Chris Cairns Wins Libel Case Against Lalit Modi

Chris Cairns Wins Libel Case Against Lalit Modi
Chris Cairns Wins Libel Case Against Lalit Modi
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Former New Zealand international Chris Cairns has won his libel case against Lalit Modi and been awarded £90,000 in damages.

Cairns brought the case after he was dropped from a list of players available ahead of an Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, league chairman Modi subsequently alleging via Twitter that the exclusion was due to Cairns' links with match-fixing during the now-defunct Indian Cricket League.

Modi's tweet was subsequently reported by cricket media outlets.

As well as paying Cairns £90,000, Modi has been ordered to pay Cairns' legal fees although he has been granted permission to appeal against the level of damages.

Cairns had been pursuing £75,000, a figure he would have settled for earlier in the case but Modi refused.

Neither Cairns nor Modi were present in court, but a statement read by Cairns' legal team said: "Today's verdict lifts a dark cloud hanging over me for the past two years.

"I feel great joy because my past career has come through this unscathed and remains intact."

He added, "I feel great relief that I am able to walk into any cricket ground in the world with my head held high."

A short statement from Modi read: "I am immediately considering an appeal with my legal team. It would therefore be inappropriate to comment any further."

It was the first Twitter libel trail in Britain.

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