Rajasthan Cricket Association elects Lalit Modi its president

Zee Media Bureau

Jaipur: In a major embarrassment for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Lalit Modi has returned as the president of one of it`s associate member states, Rajasthan. Under the Supreme Court directive, the results of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) election was declared on Tuesday.

Last week, after postponing on many occasions due to legal issues, the Supreme Court has directed election officers to open the sealed envelope, which contains the votes of the state association, on May 6.

The RCA elections were held on December 19 last year under the supervision of two retired Supreme Court judges, NM Kasliwal and SP Pathak. The votes, casted by 33 district units, were submitted to the apex court in a sealed envelope.

Earlier, the BCCI had asked the RCA to dissociate itself from Modi, or face action after the latter was banned for life for financial irregularities in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in September 2013.

However, Modi – riding on the Rajasthan Sports Act 2005, contested the election against Rampal Sharma for the post of president. The former Commissioner of the Indian Premier League was seeking to return to cricket administration.

In January, the Supreme Court had deferred the release of the results of the RCA elections. The bench headed by Justice A R Dave also agreed to hear the objections raised by the BCCI over Lalit Modi contesting the election before declaring the results if Modi comes out as a winner.

With Agency inputs