Modi wave drowns RCA

Immediately after ex-IPL chairman elected president, state association banned by Indian cricket board.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: May 7, 2014 10:15:21 pm

Poster Boy: Lalit Modi’s supporters took to the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur after the former IPL commissioner was announced the winner of the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections on Tuesday. PTI

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 . 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.

Membership cancelled 

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.”

Grave misconduct

Modi was suspended by the BCCI in 2010 after being accused of grave misconduct that includes fixing the auctions, manipulating broadcast rights and creating slush funds. On September 25 last year, the Board banned him. But now there will be another round of legal wrangle as the RCA has decided to move court against the BCCI decision.

“This is an arbitrary decision that the BCCI has taken without issuing a show-cause notice to the RCA or without calling a working committee meeting. We were never given an opportunity to present our case. Now we’ve to take the legal route and challenge the decision in the court of law,” Bimal Soni, a senior functionary at the RCA, told The Indian Express.

“As for the Rajasthan Ranji Trophy team, we’ve enough time (to sort out the matter). In any case, any BCCI suspension is valid for six months. To re-impose it, a special meeting has to be called,” he added. A senior BCCI member, however, said the president has the power to suspend any state association, but the decision has to be ratified by the working committee.

Meanwhile, Modi felt he “proved a point” by winning the RCA election. “When the BCCI banned me, I had to prove a point. I wanted to show to everybody that banning me doesn’t mean that I’m going to stay away,” he told ESPNCricinfo.

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