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Modi wins, but RCA is suspended

Calcutta/ Jaipur: Fallen Indian Premier League (IPL) chief Lalit Modi will head the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) once again, even as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in a swift move on Tuesday, suspended the association.

The result of the RCA elections, held on December 19, 2013, was formally announced on Tuesday, four months later, under a Supreme Court directive. The Supreme Courtappointed observer, Justice (retired) MN Kasliwal, announced the results, which were in a sealed envelope till now.

Modi, as expected, received 24 out of the 33 votes. His opponent, Ram Pal Sharma from Bhilwara District Cricket Association, got only five votes.

Four votes, of Ajmer, Dungarpur, Pali and Hanumangarh, were not counted because of ongoing disputes. Modi’s team made a clean sweep of all the posts including that of deputy president and treasurer.

Modi welcomed the result saying it is a big victory. “It is a big victory… It has been four years since I have been fighting the previous cricket establishment at the RCA because of the deteriorating facilities,” Modi was quoted as saying by a cricketspecific website.

Asked whether the win paves the way for a comeback to the BCCI, Modi said: “I am not denying that… We have to cleanse cricket.”

The BCCI, in a media release, explained its decision to suspend RCA. “As per Order dated 30/4/2014, the Hon’ble Supreme Court had directed that if it is found by BCCI that any person has acted against its rules, regulations or law, which is to be enforced by it, it would be open to it to take action against such a person.

“In pursuance of the order, under authority vested in him as per Regulation 32 (vii) of the Rules and Regulations of BCCI, Mr. Shivlal Yadav, Interim President, BCCI, has suspended the Rajasthan Cricket Association from the membership of the BCCI, pending disciplinary proceedings against it on charges of misconduct.”

The Board also informed that an adhoc committee would be formed to manage the affairs of the association. Under the rules, following the suspension, the RCA committee would not have any power. No matches — including Ranji Trophy or any age group tournaments — can be held in Rajasthan.