London: Scenes on the fifth day of Chris Cairns' libel action against the suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi turned ugly when an angry Cairns tried to confront Modi in the courtroom.
Hearing that the defence will not be calling Modi as a witness in the case, the New Zealander got agitated and had to be pulled out of the courtroom by his lawyer.
The Kiwi allrounder, who has sued Modi over his tweet in 2010 that alleged him to part of match-fixing in the Indian Cricket League (ICL), gesticulated towards Modi while getting up from his seat, after which he had to be taken out of the courtroom.
Cairns' former team-mates of the now-defunct ICL have accused him of corruption and the lanky allrounder stood in court for almost eight hours at the start of the trial, repeatedly denying claims of his involvement in fixing.
Proceedings came to an early close on the fifth day of hearing after it was decided Modi would not appear as witness. Also during the proceedings on Friday, the court heard Northamptonshire captain Andrew Hall - the second witness for Modi.
Hall - a former South African allrounder - replaced Cairns as skipper of the ICL team Chandigarh Lions and admitted of being concerned by the news of Indian players framing Cairns.
Hall added that Cairns' had told him that he had been "made a scapegoat". The South African answered in the affirmative when Andrew Caldecott QC asked him if he ever thought that "Cairns was being set up".