Supreme Court to decide Lalit Modi's fate as Rajasthan cricket chief today

The BCCI has challenged the controversial Sports Act that enabled Lalit Modi contest the Rajasthan Cricket Association polls on December 19.

Updated: January 06, 2014 01:02 IST
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday, is expected to declare the results of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections which were held in Jaipur on December 19. Banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for life, Lalit Modi is seeking to return as Rajasthan cricket chief. Modi had contested the RCA elections riding a controversial Rajasthan Sports Act and is likely to sweep the elections. An angry BCCI has challenged the Act in the top court.

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

Modi's group claimed that it had the support of at least 25 district units out of the 33 who voted. Sources say Modi could win as many as 29 votes. The apex court, which will hear BCCI's petition challenging the Rajasthan Sports Act, is expected to declare the results on Monday. Modi is representing the Nagaur District Cricket Association.

The BCCI is angry that the RCA allowed Modi to contest despite the life ban on the former Indian Premier League commissioner. Modi was banned in September 2013 after a probe committee found him guilty of financial wrongdoings. Modi has also challenged the Board's ban in court.

Last week, the BCCI decided to move the Supreme Court. Board members feel Modi's return as Rajasthan cricket chief will tarnish the image of Indian cricket. Modi lives in the UK and his supporters feel he can easily run Rajasthan cricket from there.

Much will depend on Supreme Court. Modi's return could prove to be a thorn in the flesh of the BCCI management, headed by president N. Srinivasan. As per current equations, Modi and Srinivasan are sworn enemies. Modi, who was a BCCI vice-president representing Punjab, was suspended by the BCCI in 2010 when Srinivasan called the shots.

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