BCCI suspends Rajasthan Cricket Association after Lalit Modi elected as president

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Jaipur, May 6: A livid Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday suspended the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) following the re-election of Lalit Modi as president of the state cricket body.

Modi was elected president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) on Tuesday morning. He had taken the matter to the Supreme Court and won the right to take on Rampal Sharma for the post of president. BCCI appointed ad-hoc body to run RCA affairs.

In January, the Supreme Court had deferred the release of the results of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections, which were held on December 19, till January 17.

A bench headed by Justice A R Dave also agreed to hear the objections raised by the BCCI over Lalit Modi contesting the December 19, 2013 election before declaring the results if Modi comes out as a winner.

BCCI pleaded that Modi should not have been allowed to contest the election as he has been disqualified by the Board for life from being associated with any cricket association.

The bench, however, said the issue raised by the Board would arise only if Modi wins the election and if it happens then it will hear the plea of BCCI before declaring the results.

The RCA elections were held under the supervision of two retired judges appointed by the Supreme Court.

The judges allowed Modi to contest the presidential elections on the basis that the RCA is governed by the Sports Act that was drafted in 2005, and not by BCCI’s rules.

In September 2013, a life-ban was imposed by the BCCI on Modi accusing him of causing financial irregularities during his tenure as the IPL commissioner.

The former IPL commissioner was Tuesday elected RCA president setting the stage for yet another round of legal tussle between him and a livid BCCI, which had threatened to ban RCA in anticipation of this result.

The election was conducted in December last year but the results were sealed following a Supreme Court directive. After much deliberation, the result was finally announced by a court-appointed observer here Tuesday.

As expected Modi won by a landslide margin, polling in 24 out of 33 votes, while his opponent Rampal Sharma earned just five.

The administrator, who has been living in London for the past four years, was allowed to contest the RCA elections held on December 19 last year under the supervision of a Supreme Court-appointed observer.

Among other office-bearers, Somendra Tiwari was elected as the new secretary, while Pawan Goyal won the treasurer’s post. Mehmood M Abdi, a close confidante and legal counsel of Modi, has been elected as the deputy president of the RCA.

Modi was slapped with a life ban by the BCCI on September 25 last year after its disciplinary committee found him guilty on eight charges of “indiscipline and misconduct”.

After Modi entered the fray in the RCA elections, BCCI had challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act, 2005 which allowed the former IPL chief to contest the presidential polls despite being banned for life by the Board.

Modi’s re-election is being seen a massive blow to current BCCI President N Srinivasan, who has been forced to step aside due to the ongoing Supreme Court-monitored probe into the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.

Modi has never minced words in criticising Srinivasan, calling him corrupt on several occasions.