Final warning to RCA over Lalit Modi

Final warning to RCA over Lalit Modi

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

With just a day to go for the Rajasthan Cricket Association election,the BCCI — clearly agitated with Lalit Modi having been allowed to file his nomination — decided to give the state association one last warning from letting the banned administrator contest,calling their conduct ‘unacceptable and totally condemnable’.

In a strongly-worded mail (accessed by The Indian Express) sent to RCA president CP Joshi on Wednesday,the Indian board’s secretary Sanjay Patel expressed BCCI’s severe displeasure at the situation,stating that RCA’s stance to ‘adopt a defiant tone’ has been ‘deliberate’ in nature.

According to BCCI’s rules,the letter further states,a banned member cannot take part in any activity related to a cricket board.

“Despite reminding you that your membership in the BCCI may be affected if you fail to abide by the decision taken in the Special General Meeting,you have deliberately adopted a defiant tone,” says the letter. “Kindly note that your Executive Committee cannot sit in judgement over the decisions taken by BCCI and unless you follow the Rules and Regulations of BCCI,you will stand to lose your very right of membership of BCCI including the right to send players representing your state association for BCCI conducted tournaments.”


Earlier in the day,Modi,the former IPL commissioner now in exile in London,was given clearance to contest for presidentship by two independent observers appointed by the Supreme Court. This,Modi being eligible for the post of RCA president,said Patel in his letter,has deeply disturbed the BCCI.

“Having allowed Nagpur District Cricket Association to continue as your member despite the suspension of its President Mr. Lalit Kumar Modi as early as on 26th April 2010,you have also facilitated this person to stand for the highest office of your association. Please note that your conduct is wholly unacceptable,inflammatory and totally condemnable. We wish to give you this last warning,” the letter reads.

In reply,Joshi is said to have instructed his association to follow BCCI’s direction. But Modi’s lawyer Mehmood Abdi,the man who filed his client’s nomination in his absence and who is also standing for vice-president’s post,was having none of it.

In a statement,Abdi said: “CP Joshi is trying to do indirectly what he could not achieve directly. Mr Joshi firstly tried to prepone (sic) the elections,which failed due to the intervention of the hon’ble Supreme Court that appointed two retired judges as independent observers to conduct and ensure fee and fair elections.”