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Lalit Modi can now return to India; passport restored

Lalit Modi's passport was revoked in 2010 © Yogen Shah
Lalit Modi’s passport was revoked in 2010 © Yogen Shah

Aug 27, 2014

Former commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and current Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) chief Lalit Modi, who is on a self imposed exile in London, can now return to India as a division bench of the Delhi High Court has restored his passport. Modi is seen as a rival of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan.

According to a NDTV report, Modi had challenged the single bench order on January 16 which cancelled his plea of challenging the revocation of his passport. Modi faces a probe of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) following the allegations of financial irregularities in the cash-rich IPL tournament.

The report added that the UK government has told the Indian Ministry of External Affairs that despite the cancellation of his passport, Modi can continue to stay in the country. Modi’s passport was revoked back in 2010.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), currently suspended by the BCCI, could miss playing in the upcoming domestic season unless the two bodies, engaged in a legal fight over election of Lalit Modi, sort out the matter. As per the domestic schedule finalised by the BCCI, RCA is not in the picture but things can be worked out quickly and the association included once the matter is settled, according to Board sources here today.

“An ad-hoc body has been formed by BCCI to run cricket affairs there but it has been opposed,” they said. Under the current circumstances, RCA cannot be fielded in the tournaments conducted by BCCI, the sources maintained.

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