Exiled cricket administrator Lalit Modi has been given a go-ahead by the Supreme Court to contest the Rajasthan Cricket Association election.
Despite serving a life ban imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the former Indian Premier League chairman had on Monday filed his nomination for the post of 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 BCCI, which threatened the RCA with suspension if it allowed Modi to remain the president of one its member bodies — Nagaur District Association.
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“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.
In September, the BCCI had imposed a life ban on Modi for “serious misconduct” and “indiscipline”. The Rajasthan High Court, however, stayed the ban, letting Modi contest the RCA election under the provisions of Rajasthan Sports Act as he continues to be president of the Nagaur body.
Ironically, the handing of Modi's ban was presided over by acting BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who himself had been banned for life by the BCCI in 2006. The ban was later overturned in court.
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