The Supreme Court on Friday deferred opening the sealed enveloped containing results of Rajasthan Cricket Association polls to January 27 when the fate of former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who contested for the president's post, would be known.
A bench of justices A R Dave and J S Khehar agreed to postpone the hearing on the controversial December 19, 2013 elections which saw Modi contesting the polls despite being banned by the BCCI for life from being associated with any cricket association.
Challenging the election, the BCCI pleaded that Modi should not have been allowed to contest the election and submitted that if he emerges victorious, he should not be declared elected to the post without hearing its objections. The bench, however, said the issue raised by the Board will arise only if Modi wins the election and if it happens then it will hear the plea of BCCI before declaring the results. It said that the sealed envelope containing results of election will be opened on January 27 and all arguments will be heard only on that day.
The BCCI has challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act 2005 allowing Modi to contest the RCA presidential election despite being banned for life by the Board. The apex court had on November 20, 2013 made its retired judge Justice N M Kasliwal as a principal observer to oversee the elections.
It had said that "individual members shall not cast their votes and the result of the election shall be subject to the final outcome of the appeal which is pending before this court". The court had passed the order on a petition filed by former BCCI treasurer and ex-RCA secretary Kishore Rungta seeking the court's direction for appointment of a retired judge to conduct RCA elections. The Board had on December 28, 2013 decided to approach the Supreme Court.
The decision to intervene was taken at an emergent working committee meeting of the Board to discuss the possible implications of Modi's re-entry into the RCA. 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.
Lalit 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 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."