Supreme Court to declare Rajasthan cricket poll results; will Lalit Modi become president again?

Banned former Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi is eyeing the Rajasthan Cricket Association president's post for a second time. The BCCI is opposing Modi's return and has challenged a controversial Sports Act that allowed Modi to contest the RCA elections in December last year.

updated: January 16, 2014 22:04 IST
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A new battlefront will open in Indian cricket if the Supreme Court declares Lalit Modi as Rajasthan Cricket Association president on Friday. The top court is expected to declare the results of the RCA elections held in Jaipur on December 19 and all eyes will be on the banned former Indian Premier League chairman, who is trying to regain a foothold in Indian cricket administration. But winning the Rajasthan elections may not be enough for Modi as Supreme Court will then hear a petition challenging the controversial Rajasthan Sports Act that enabled the tainted former IPL chief to contest the December elections. The Board of Control for Cricket, which banned Modi for life in September last year, is desperately backing a petition filed by former RCA boss Kishore Rungta.

How is Modi trying to find his way back in Indian cricket? The following are the main developments:

# The RCA elections were held in Jaipur on December 19 under the supervision of two former Supreme Court judges, NM Kasliwal and SP Pathak. Although Modi's supporters claimed that they had the support of 29 of the 32 district units, the sealed ballot box was sent to the Supreme Court. The top court was expected to announce the results on January 6 but deferred it to Friday, January 17. Modi (Nagaur district) is contesting Rampal Sharma of Bhilwara for the president's post.

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