The first round went to Lalit Modi as he was declared winner of the Rajasthan Cricket Association’s (RCA) presidential election. But the BCCI shot back immediately, suspending the RCA, pending disciplinary proceedings. As per the Supreme Court order given on April 30, the RCA election results were announced on Tuesday. Modi, the former IPL chairman and commissioner, won hands down, acquiring 24 out of 33 votes.
The polls were held in January with former Supreme Court judge NM Kasliwal as the observer, but the BCCI filed a petition in the court saying it would “withhold privileges” to the RCA, should Modi become the president.
The latter was banned for life at a BCCI Special General Meeting (SGM) in September last year for “acts of serious misconduct and indiscipline” and the parent body always maintained that someone who was ousted from the Board on disciplinary grounds could never be a part of any of its affiliated units.
It also warned the RCA of serious consequences, should Modi be allowed to make a re-entry. The former IPL boss, however, contested the polls, riding on the Rajasthan Sports Act 2005.
“The results of the elections of the Rajasthan Cricket Association were declared today by the Election Officer and Mr Lalit Modi has been declared as the successful candidate for the post of President, RCA.
As per Order dated 30/4/2014 the Hon’ble Supreme Court had directed that if it is found by BCCI that any person has acted against its rules, regulations or law, which is to be enforced by it, it would be open to it to take action against such a person.
In pursuance of the order, under authority vested in him as per Regulation 32 (vii) of the Rules and Regulations of BCCI, Mr Shivlal Yadav, Interim President, BCCI, has suspended the Rajasthan Cricket Association from the membership of the BCCI, pending disciplinary proceedings against it on charges of misconduct,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement that was issued on Tuesday.
He, however, assured that the Rajasthan cricketers won’t be affected. “Keeping in mind the interests of the sport of cricket and in order to safeguard the best interests and welfare of the cricketers playing the game in different age-groups and their future, an Ad-hoc committee will be constituted shortly by the BCCI.”
Modi was suspended by the BCCI in 2010 after being accused of grave misconduct that includes