RCA invokes Supreme Court,says can’t bar Lalit Modi

Modi was given clearance by two independent observers appointed by the Supreme Court.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published:December 20, 2013 3:56 am

Replying to the BCCI,the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) has said that it cannot bar Lalit Modi from contesting its election as the Supreme Court has asked them to allow the banned IPL commissioner to do so.

In its reply to a strongly worded letter by BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel,RCA officiating secretary KK Sharma said that the issue regarding Modi is ‘wholly misconceived’ as the RCA is governed by the provisions of Rajasthan Sports Act 2005.

The apex court had passed an order where Justice NM Kasliwal,former judge Supreme Court,and Justice SP Pathak,former judge Rajasthan High Court,were appointed as principal observer and observer respectively to oversee and conduct free and fair election in the RCA.

Both observers then had rejected all objections and allowed Modi to contest for the president’s post of the RCA.

“The observers have rejected all objections raised against the candidature of Lalit Modi and have by a speaking order permitted Mr. Lalit Modi to contest the elections. The RCA cannot flout the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court and interfere in the conduct of elections by Supreme Court appointed observers,” RCA’s letter to the Indian board stated.

It further added: “We also assume that BCCI is not asking RCA to act contrary to the orders of Hon’ble Supreme Court or asking it to interfere in the conduct of elections being held under the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court.” Which goes to say that in the current climate,the RCA had no option but to go ahead with the elections.

Meanwhile,the election results (polling was held on Thursday) are yet to be declared. The observers are said to have sealed the ballot boxes and are to send it to the Supreme Court with their full report.

“The observer will send the results to the apex court with his reports and it would decide the further course of action on January 6th,when the matter comes up for next hearing,” said Abhinav Sharma,the lawyer of RCA.

The results are expected to be announced in first week of January.

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