Lalit Modi's return as an administrator in the Indian cricket establishment was kept on hold by the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday as it did not declare the results of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) held on December 19.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) has challenged Modi contesting the polls after the Rajasthan Sports Act allowed him to do that despite a life ban being imposed on Modi by the BCCI.
The SC, hearing a Special Leave Petition filed by former RCA president Kishore Rungta, has given January 17 as the date for next hearing when it is expected to open a sealed envelope containing result of the polls. The apex court will reportedly look into BCCI's objection only if Modi wins in the elections. The BCCI is also backing Rungta's petition. Rungta and BCCI have challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act.
The RCA polls were conducted under the supervision of SC-appointed former judges NM Kasliwal and SP Pathak in Jaipur on December 19; however, the results were kept under wraps due to legal issues. The Modi group claims that 29 of the 33 district units support them.
Modi was slapped with a life ban by the BCCI in September last year due to financial irregularities during his tenure as the IPL commissioner. Modi then reacted by challenging the ban in court.
Modi is currently living in the UK and reportedly intends to run the RCA from there in case he wins the elections and the SC allows him to return to power.