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BCCI to wait for SC word on Lalit Modi

Calcutta/Chennai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to seek clarification from the Supreme Court regarding its resolution to ban former IPL chairman Lalit Modi for life.

The decision to “intervene” in the Special Leave Petition filed in the Supreme Court, was taken at an emergent working committee meeting of the BCCI to discuss the possible implications of Lalit Modi’s ‘re-entry’ into the Rajasthan Cricket Association.

“The working committee meeting of the BCCI was held today to decide the course of action to be followed to enforce the decision of the members to expel Mr Lalit Modi. It was noted by the members that Modi had contested for the post of president in the elections of Rajasthan Cricket Association notwithstanding his expulsion by BCCI,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a release.

“The members decided that the BCCI must intervene in the SLP filed by Mr Rungta in the Supreme Court challenging the Rajasthan Sports Act and get clarified the position of BCCI to enable the enforcement of its resolution passed on 25th September 2013 expelling Mr Modi.”

The Board, however, made it clear that “subject to the decision of the Supreme Court, strict disciplinary action should be taken against the delinquent member while protecting the interest of the game in the state of Rajasthan”.

The working committee and other invitee members also discussed other important issues pertaining to the activities of its Anti-Corruption Unit pursuant to a presentation by Ravi Sawani, besides also taking up income tax issues.

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. The results of the polls are expected to be known on January 6 when the matter relating to the RCA comes up for hearing before the Supreme Court.

Modi’s lawyer Mehmood Abdi, who is also Ganganagar District Association president, had come to present RCA’s case before the BCCI brass. RCA, however, claimed that its representative Abdi was ill-treated and not allowed to attend the meeting. For the record, RCA is not a member of the working committee.

In an e-mail to BCCI secretary Patel, RCA secretary KK Sharma sought an apology for the way Abdi was handled by the security personnel at the hotel where the meeting was held and for the embarrassment it caused to the state unit.