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New Delhi: Lalit Modi took to social media to express his gratitude and happiness after a division bench of Delhi High Court ordered the restoration of his passport. The former Indian Premier League boss tweeted, “I want to thank u from the bottom of my heart for standing by me. Some of u had doubts. But today I stand vindicated.”
I want to thank u from the bottom of my heart for standing by me. Some of u had doubts. But today I stand vindicated. It's been a long ...
— Lalit Kumar Modi (@LalitKModi) August 27, 2014
On Wednesday, division bench of Delhi High Court, comprising Badar Durrez Ahmed and Vibhu Bakhru, set aside all orders against Modi and restored his passport. However, during the hearing the court said it is not expressing any opinion with regard to Modi's alleged FEMA violations.
Modi has been living in exile in United Kingdom for more than four years after his passport was revoked by the Mumbai Regional Passport Office in March 2011, five months after he was sacked from IPL on charges of financial irregularities. Allowing him to stay in UK without a passport, the British government had earlier told the Ministry of External Affairs of India that they don't want to involve in legal constraints regarding his deportation.
Early this year, a defiant Modi contested the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections for the post of president. Following a protracted legal battle with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) he was declared elected as the president of RCA in May by a court order. Besides, Modi was also elected president of the Nagaur District Cricket Association for the fourth consecutive term this month.
However, minutes after Modi was declared the president of RCA, the BCCI suspended the state association for allowing a banned individual to be a part of its affairs. Rajasthan had won back to back Ranji Trophy titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Modi has also served as the Chairman of Champions League T20 from 2008 to 2010, Vice President of BCCI between 2005 to 2010 and Vice President of Punjab Cricket Association (PCA). And BCCI is strictly against him returning to India.