The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) on Wednesday received some sort of relief as the District Judge (Jaipur City) has dismissed the transfer application filed by BCCI seeking transfer of RCA suit from ADJ -4 Jaipur.
In another move, the suspended RCA is all set to file a PIL on behalf of the state cricketers against the BCCI, which has kept RCA away from the domestic calendar. (Also read: Rajasthan players in limbo)
Despite this, the impasse between the Rajasthan Cricket Association and BCCI is likely to continue but as a consequence of this order pronounced Wednesday, the suit filed by RCA against suspension by BCCI of the state association and its consequential allied issues will now proceed in the court of the learned ADJ -4.
The matter came up for hearings during the lawyers strike in Jaipur. However, RCA deputy president Mehmood Abdi appeared in person for RCA and argued the case of RCA.
"The BCCI's attempt to delay the matter through this transfer application on totally unsubstantiated grounds of alleged bias to browbeat the judge proved futile. The intimidation trick of BCCI miserably failed as it could not meet the requirements to prove its allegations," alleged Abdi, who is Lalit Modi's trusted lieutenant.
"Moreover, BCCI wanted to take advantage of the lawyers strike here to delay the matter. But ultimately justice prevailed and RCA has a reason to smile for a while at least. We would carry on with its fight against the unlawful suspension of RCA and the arm twisting tactic of the apex cricket body of the country," said Abdi.
When asked about the PlL which the RCA intends to file against BCCI on behalf of the state cricketers who are being threatened to be excluded from this domestic season Abdi said that the process was going on.
"I am not aware how many players have signed on the PIL application but it is likely to be filed in a day or two," said Abdi.
The sources said that the RCA officials had summoned all cricketers of different age groups and tried to convince them to come forward as it was a fight for their own cause.
"The players were under tremendous pressure and while most of them bowed and signed but some of the top players have refused to do so as they feel that such a move might jeopardize their chances of playing for the country," he said.
"It is unfair to drag players in a legal battle. What options do they have? They will be victimized by the BCCI or by the RCA, whichever way they go, they would be the sufferers," he added.