New Delhi: Lalit Modi will now have to wait another 10 days to know if he has 'officially' become the president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association. For the second time in a fortnight, the Supreme Court has put off the decision to announce the results of the RCA elections which were held in Jaipur on December 19. The top court, which was initially expected to announce the results on January 6, had said the sealed envelope containing the votes would be opened on Friday, but has now deferred this until January 27.
A new battlefront will open in Indian cricket if the Supreme Court declares Modi as RCA president. The banned former Indian Premier League chairman is trying to regain a foothold in Indian cricket administration. The Supreme Court on Friday said it will first hear a petition challenging the controversial Rajasthan Sports Act that enabled the tainted Modi to contest the December elections and then open the sealed envelope that contains the Rajasthan votes. 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 Modi is 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. Modi (Nagaur district) is contesting Rampal Sharma of Bhilwara for the president's post.