New Delhi: Angered by Lalit Modi, the banned former Indian Premier League commissioner, who has also contested an election for the post of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president, the BCCI on Saturday decided to become a party in the Supreme Court case challenging the RCA polls.
At an Emergent Working Committee meeting in Chennai on Saturday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to intervene in the Special Leave Petition filed in the apex court.
“The Working Committee meeting of the BCCI was held today to decide the course of action to be followed to enforce the decision of the members to expel Mr. Lalit Modi. It was noted by the members that Lalit Modi had contested for the post of president in the elections of the Rajasthan Cricket Association notwithstanding his expulsion by the BCCI. The members decided that the BCCI must intervene in the SLP filed by Mr. Rungta in the Supreme Court challenging the Rajasthan Sports Act and get clarified the position of the BCCI to enable the enforcement of its resolution passed on 25th of September, 2013, expelling Mr. Lalit Modi,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a press release.
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“It was further decided that subject to the decision of the Supreme Court, strict disciplinary action should be taken against the delinquent member while protecting the interest of the game in the state of Rajasthan.”
Modi was allowed to stand in the December 19 election held under the supervision of a Supreme Court-appointed observer.
The results are expected on January 6 when the matter comes up for hearing in the apex court.
Modi’s lawyer Mehmood Abdi, also the president of the Ganganagar District Association, was in Chennai to represent RCA, but the state body claimed he was ill-treated and not allowed to attend.
In a media release, Abdi said that the working committee meeting was convened without any agenda. But apprehending that a decision against the RCA could be taken there, the RCA authorised him to present its version at the meeting.
“The officiating secretary, RCA, had informed BCCI secretary Shri Sanjay Patel about the nomination of Mehmood Abdi as RCA’s representative and the fact that he will be attending the meeting on behalf of RCA,” the release said.
“He was surprised to find the venue of the meeting surrounded by overwhelming number of private security guards (bouncers) who blocked his way and physically prevented him from entering the meeting hall.”
The RCA has sought an apology from the Board in this regard. “The entire episode reflects a very disturbing trend of intolerance and muffling the dissenting voices in the BCCI. This incident should act as an eyeopener for other members. This behaviour does not befit any democratic institution,” the release added.
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