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Declare Rajasthan Cricket Association poll results by May 6: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that the results of the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections held in December 2013 be declared May 6

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today cleared the deck for declaration of result of Rajasthan Cricket Association elections and asked the poll observer to declare it on May 6.

Brushing aside the objection of BCCI which is expecting that the result might go in favour of former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, a bench headed by Justice A R Dave directed the registry to send the results, filed in a sealed envelope, before it by its appointed observer Justice (retd) N M Kasliwal, to the observer to declare the result.

Lalit Modi
Ex-IPL chief Lalit Modi

The court, however, said that anyone aggrieved of the outcome of the elections can challenge it before an appropriate authority.

The apex court had on November 20, 2013 made its retired judge Justice Kasliwal a principal observer to oversee the elections.

Modi was allowed to fight for the post of RCA President in the December 19 elections held under the supervision of a Supreme Court-appointed observer.

Modi was slapped with a life ban on September 25 last year by the BCCI after its disciplinary committee found him guilty on eight charges of "indiscipline and misconduct".

The elections had become contentious because Modi was in the fray for presidentship.

Challenging the election, the BCCI pleaded that Modi should not have been allowed to contest the poll and the election be quashed.

The BCCI had challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act, 2005 allowing Modi to contest the RCA presidential election despite being banned for life by the Board.

The BCCI disciplinary committee, comprising Arun Jaitley, and Jyotiraditya Scindia, had submitted a 134-page report in July, 2013, in which it had found Modi guilty of financial irregularities, indiscipline and "actions detrimental to the interest of the BCCI".

Lalit Modi's counsel hails SC's direction

Jaipur: Mehmood M Abdi, Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) representative in BCCI, has hailed the order of the Supreme Court that today directed the election officer of RCA elections to declare the results on May 6.

Abdi, who is also suspended IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi's lawyer, termed the decision of the apex court as a disappointment for the BCCI.

In a statement issued here today, Abdi said, "As the apex body of cricket administration, BCCI was expected to safeguard and support the interest of the game in Rajasthan. Instead it chose to scuttle and detail the democratic process for reasons of bias and prejudice, since it feels that people they do not prefer are likely to be elected to the new executive committee of RCA."

Abdi alleged that the BCCI all along tried to stall the return of Modi as RCA President by creating hurdles through needless and irrelevant slants.

He applauded the Supreme Court for rejecting almost all the demands of the BCCI.

"It refused to cancel the nomination of Lalit Modi to RCA elections, and did not restrain Modi from taking over charge as the RCA president, if he is declared elected. In doing this, the Court prevented BCCI from directly taking over the cricketing activities in Rajasthan. "The decision of the Apex court is the victory of democracy, irrespective of whosoever is declared elected on 6th of May," said Abdi. 

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