Zee Media Bureau/Jayanta Oinam
New Delhi: Former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner, Lalit Modi can finally return to India. In a landmark judgment, a division bench of Delhi High Court, comprising Badar Durrez Ahmed and Vibhu Bakhru, on Wednesday restored his passport. Besides, the ruling also set aside the previous orders on the 48-year-old cricket administrator.
Modi has been living in exile in United Kingdom after his passport was revoked by the Mumbai Regional Passport Office in March 2011, five months after he was sacked from IPL on charges of financial irregularities.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.