Lalit Modi has been cleared to fight the Rajasthan Cricket Association presidential elections on Thursday. Justice NM Kasliwal, who has been appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the RCA elections, said on Wednesday that there were no objections to Modi's nomination filed by his lawyer Mehmood Abdi. (Also read: Modi's election as RCA boss will be a thorn in BCCI's flesh)
Modi has been RCA president in the past. He came into power via the Rajasthan Sports Act (2005) which was specially created when BJP's Vasundhara Raje was Rajasthan Chief Minister. Modi was banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in September this year after a committee found him guilty of wrongdoings as commissioner of the Indian Premier League. Modi has challenged the ban in court.
The BCCI has threatened to strip off RCA of all rights and privileges it enjoys as a Board unit if Modi is elected president. Modi, who is at loggerheads with the BCCI bosses, especially president N. Srinivasan, is claiming that he has the support of at least 25 RCA units. There are 33 votes in all and the RCA elections will be governed by the Rajasthan Sports Act (2005).