Lalit Modi is running for elections to become the president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association © AFP
Mar 11, 2014
The Supreme Court (SC) has adjourned the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) election case till March 25, 2014. This is the fifth time the SC has done so. The hearing was supposed to happen on March 12. The date, March 25, is the same as the hearing on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing and betting controversy. But that will be heard by a separate bench.
This pushes the RCA polls where former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi is trying to become president. Modi looked set to become president of the RCA in December last year, but the lawyers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have challenged his return intensely in the SC, reports NDTV.
For Modi and his party, the three previous hearings were postponed. Even on March 4, the hearing was to be contested, but it got adjourned again.
BCCI’s lawyers have objected to Modi even being allowed to contest the elections as he is also facing a life ban for financial irregularities in the IPL, especially during the 2009 season held in South Africa.
The BCCI have also stated that Modi’s return will put further blemish in Indian cricket. Current BCCI President N Srinivasan was responsible for Modi to be suspended in April 2010 and then later banned in September that year.
Modi swiftly got a stay order from the Rajasthan High Court and decided to run for the elections under the Sports Act, which does not recognise the rules of the BCCI. It was also the same Sports Act that had made Modi RCA president back in 2005.
Now Modi’s representative Harish Salve eluded that Srinivasan was BCCI president despite his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan being involved in the IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting controversy.
If Modi does return to Indian cricket, it could change the status quo in administration. He now lives in the United Kingdom and may not return to India in the near future. According to his supporters, Modi can head the RCA without physically being there.
Now with the hearing adjourned till March 25, the SC bench will have its hands full with both parties not willing to give the other an inch.