press trust of india
London, 27 Janaury
Former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi today expressed happiness after the Board of Control for Cricket in India had acknowledged his victory in the Rajasthan Cricket Association presidential election but lamented the delay in the official announcement of the result.
The BCCI today told the Supreme Court that Modi would emerge as the clear winner in the RCA polls but successfully opposed at a hearing before the apex court in New Delhi the opening of a sealed envelope containing the results.
“I am surprised that the BCCI seemed to know the result before anyone else and even before the court declared it. But I’m extremely happy that they think I have won,” Modi said here today.
The BCCI earlier urged the apex court to hear it out before opening the envelope and declaring the result. The court has now set the next hearing for 4 March.
“I am disappointed that, yet again, we have to wait for the results to be declared owing to the BCCI wanting more time to explain its stand on why it should be allowed to meddle. So I guess I will have to wait,” Modi added.
The BCCI has been firmly opposing Modi’s return to Indian cricket administration, with lawyers claiming that Rajasthan faces expulsion from the board if Modi becomes RCA president.
Modi contested the president’s position in the RCA election held in Jaipur on 19 December and was widely expected to win.
The BCCI in September 2013 imposed a life ban on the UK-based businessman for alleged irregularities when he headed the IPL from 2008 to 2010.
However, Modi was allowed to contest the the election on the basis of the Rajasthan Sports Act, which, having preceded the BCCI ban, had nothing to do with it.