Lalit Modi to contest RCA polls, BCCI fumes

Jaipur, Dec 16 : Former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner and cricket administrator Lalit Modi, who was expelled by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on corruption charges for life and is living in the UK fearing his possible arrest in India, will contest the upcoming Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) polls, said the self-exiled cricket administrator on Monday.

"Yes I have filed and been nominated by 24 members of Rajasthan Cricket Assoc for Presidentship. Looking forward to the elections day after," he tweeted from the UK, amid reports that the BCCI has threatened the RCA against any such occurrence.

"It's time to restore RCA as the foremost cricketing association in india - looking forward to taking up this new challenge," he said.

His nomination papers have been filed by his lawyers in Jaipur on Monday for the Dec 19 polls.

Sources said Modi is emboldened by the return of the BJP in Rajasthan under Vasundhara Raje as the chief minister.

Modi will be pitted against Ram Pal Sharma from Bhilwara District Cricket Association for the post of president.

Modi thus will challenge the Indian cricket board BCCI by fighting the polls. BCCI had banned him for life though he got a reprieve from the Rajasthan High Court on the move.

The BCCI has reacted angrily by sending a letter to incumbent RCA president C P Joshi.

"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," said the letter from BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel.

"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 said.

In September expelling him from the BCCI, the latter said: "Resolved that Mr. Lalit Modi is guilty of committing acts of serious misconduct and indiscipline, and therefore, in exercise of powers as per Regulation 32 of the Memorandum and Rules and Regulations of the Board, Mr. Lalit Modi be and is hereby expelled from the BCCI. He shall forfeit all his rights and privileges as Administrator," said the BCCI.

The BCCI had passed a resolution unanimously to expel Modi.

"He shall not in future be entitled to hold any position or office, or be admitted in any Committee or any member or associate member of the Board," it said.

Modi then moved court.

Modi, who is living in United Kingdom after facing a possible arrest in India if he returned, has got a reprieve from the UK authorities which told India that Modi cannot be extradited without a court request.

UK said only if a court order is backed by the request for extradition they would consider it.

Modi, who launched the IPL in 2008 and glamourised it with involvement of stars, is fighting a running battle with the BCCI.

Modi was suspended as chairman and commissioner of the IPL in April 2010 on various charges of impropriety. Modi publicly protested his innocence immediately after the 2010 Indian Premier League Final had been played.

An income tax department report on Modi claimed that he holds a silent stake in three IPL teams - the Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab.

He is also under fire for allegedly helping his family and friends buy stakes in Indian Premier League teams.

Modi had his passport revoked by the Indian passport authorities on the basis of investigations against him by the Indian Enforcement Directorate.

--IBNS (Posted on 16-12-2013)

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