The BCCI working committee has moved the Supreme Court to stop former IPL Commissioner, Lalit Modi from becoming the President of the Rajasthan Cricket Associating (RCA). Modi contested the RCA elections on December 19 and is now waiting for the apex court to declare the results next week. The BCCI filed a petition in the Supreme Court saying that any association of Modi with RCA will affect the image of the cricket Board.
The cricket governing body’s petition also says Modi's nomination was incorrect as RCA rejected BCCI objections to the former IPL chief's candidature. This despite the Rajasthan elections being supervised by two Supreme Court-appointed former judges.
On December 28, the BCCI said in a press statement that it will "intervene" in the Special Leave Petition filed by former RCA secretary Kishore Rungta in the Supreme Court challenging the Rajasthan Sports Act. The matter comes up for hearing before a division bench of Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice Deepak Mishra on January 6. Rungta had filed the SLP particularly challenging Rajasthan Sports Act of 2005 that abolished individual members' voting rights.
The RCA elections were held in Jaipur on December 19 and the Modi group is confident that it will win the support of at least 29 of the 33 district units. The RCA, which is governed by the Rajasthan Sports Act, had ignored a BCCI diktat and went ahead with the elections that were overseen by two former judges. The court is expected to declare the results on January 6, the same time when Rungta's SLP will also be heard.
The BCCI working committee met in Chennai on Saturday to discuss how to stop Modi from returning as RCA president. It was decided that BCCI and Rungta will form a combine to contest the Act that allowed Modi to become RCA President in 2005. The BCCI also decided to take strict action against RCA for flouting Board directives. But the Board said the interest of cricket and players won't be harmed.