Jaipur: Despite serving a life ban imposed by the Board, former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi on Monday filed his nomination for the post of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president.
Since Modi is in exile in London, his papers were filed by his legal advisor Mehmood Abdi, who will fight for the post of deputy president.
Modi’s nomination infuriated the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which threatened the RCA with suspension if it allowed Modi to remain the president of one its member bodies — Nagaur District Association.
“We find that the Nagaur Cricket Association has allowed Lalit Modi as president. We wish to remind you that as per the BCCI rules and regulations, all the members, including RCA, are bound to follow the decision taken and directives issued in the interest of BCCI, especially those related to disciplinary proceedings,” a letter from BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel read.
“The RCA stands to lose its rights and privileges as BCCI member if the expelled administrator of BCCI is allowed to remain an office-bearer of one of your district units. Therefore, kindly comply to BCCI directives and report the same to us,” it added.
The BCCI imposed a life ban on Modi in September for “serious misconduct” and “indiscipline”. The Rajasthan High Court, however, stayed the BCCI ban, enabling Modi to contest the election under the provisions of Rajasthan Sports Act as he continues to be president of the Nagaur body.
Wednesday is the last day for withdrawal of nomination and polling, if necessary, would be held on December 19.
The Supreme Court, in response to a petition, has appointed justice (retired) M.N. Kasliwal as observer for the election.
Mumbai-based Abdi, who is also the president of the Ganganagar District Association and spokesperson of the Modi camp, told Mail Today that they had filed nominations for all the 21 posts of the RCA executive body. He claimed that of the 33 district associations, 24 proposed Modi’s candidature, making the outcome of the election obvious.
Abdi also said Modi’s physical presence during the election or after it was not necessary. In Modi’s absence, he (Abdi) would be presiding over meetings.
Joshi, also a national secretary general of the Congress, has decided not to file his nomination, as most of the district units are likely to switch loyalty to Modi, who is close to Vasundhara Raje, Bharatiya Janta Party’s newly- elected chief minister of Rajasthan. (With inputs from PTI)
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
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