New Delhi, March 4th 2014: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asked for additional time from the Supreme Court, today, sighting the unavailability of their lead counsel Mr. Aryma Sundaram. The Supreme Court bench of Hon’ble Justice Mr. A. R. Dave and Hon’ble Justice Mr. Shiv Kirti Singh then proceeded to defer the announcement of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) election results to the coming Tuesday, March 11th 2014.
The Supreme Court had earlier adjourned the hearing and directed the listing of the matter to January 27th 2014 and then to today ie. March 4th 2014. A bench of Hon’ble Justice Anil R. Dave and Hon’ble Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, were to open the envelope that contained the results and the report of Retired judge Justice N. M. Kasliwal under whose supervision the polls were held.
The BCCI had challenged Mr. Lalit Modi's eligibility to contest the RCA presidential election despite actions taken by the BCCI. The apex court on November 20th 2013 had appointed its retired judge Hon’ble Justice N M Kasliwal as a principal observer to oversee the elections, which were duly held.
The results of the RCA elections gain importance given the derelict state-of-affairs at the Rajasthan Cricket Association. The entire establishment of the RCA is in disarray, with the world class infrastructure created earlier now in shambles. The team selection of the probable’s for Rajasthan Cricket is another important matter that has been pending and needs the immediate attention of the new team that would take over the management of the RCA.
Statement from Mr. Lalit Modi on Justice Mudgal Report
Monday, 10th February, London: With the Supreme Court-instituted Justice Mudgal committee indicting Gurunath Meiyappan in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, I demand a life ban on his father-in-law and BCCI President N Srinivasan. It is high time that the global cricket establishment woke up to and also buried the entire India Cement team that has taken over world cricket. As we have seen nothing good can come from such a corrupt and power hungry regime. I am also happy to see the system of natural justice prevail and glad to see that Justice Mudgal report confirm, just what I have been saying for so long. A Life ban on all connected is a must and I hope that with this Mr Srinivasan's days as the future warlord of cricket are short lived. I have reviewed a copy of the Mudgal Committee report and will give a line by line response within a day's time on my blog. But in the meantime, given these developments, I would like to see the CSK team annulled from all future IPL activity including the forthcoming auctions and the 2014 Season, as per rules.
Additionally, I think the time is also ripe to make some deep, incisive and sweeping changes to ensure that there is no systemic failure in the future. First and foremost, I think it is time to disband the IPL Governing Council to ensure that any and all elements of bias are removed. It is time for a new Supervising Board, with all the stakeholders of the IPL on it to take charge, run and govern the league. The new Supervising Board with all stakeholders on board should be responsible for conducting and running the tournament, albeit at an arms length. Next and more importantly, the immediate need of the hour is to re-auction a new Chennai team. Even more important is to redo the player auction without any player retention. As we all know that the current retention rules all favour one and only one team, namely CSK.
Lastly, I think it is critical that the old rules that we had framed are brought back into contention to avoid any similar issues in the future.
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