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Cairns wins libel trial case against Modi

March 26, 2012 - London

Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris Cairns has won libel case against former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and was awarded 90,000 pounds in damages.

Justice David Bean delivered his verdict in the London High Court after spending eight days considering his verdict.

He said Modi "singularly failed to provide any reliable evidence that Cairns was involved in match fixing or spot fixing."

The judge also dismissed the testimony of three former Chandigarh Lions players witnesses saying they were "inconsistent and unreliable".

Cairns had earlier sued Modi for his tweet alleging a "past record" in match fixing after being forced to leave the Indian Cricket League in October 2008.

It was officially stated Cairns was sacked for failing to reveal an existing ankle injury.

Cairns, however, was not in court as he has returned to his home in Canberra, Australia.

"Today's verdict lifts a dark cloud that has been over me for the past two years. I am proud that I have had the courage to stand up and to defend my name and great relief that I can once again walk into any cricket ground in the world with my head held high," The Telegraph quoted Cairns, as saying.


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