For the fifth time, the Supreme Court has adjourned the Rajasthan Cricket Association election case. The matter was listed on Tuesday but the apex court deferred it to March 25, the same day the inquiry committee reports on corruption in the Indian Premier League will be heard by a separate bench. It is clearly becoming a case of so-near-and-yet-so-far for Lalit Modi, who is aiming to return as president of the RCA.
In spite of the Board of Control for Cricket in India conceding 'defeat' in the RCA elections in December last year, the former IPL chairman's return as Rajasthan president is being fiercely contested by the Board's lawyers in the Supreme Court. Three previous hearings in the apex court have drawn a blank for Modi and his followers. The matter was supposed to be heard last Tuesday (March 4), but was adjourned.
Hell-bent on stopping Modi's return to cricket administration, BCCI lawyers have played almost every stroke in the book to stop the Supreme Court from making a decision. In a dramatic move on January 27, the BCCI's lawyers told a bench of Justices A.R. Dave and J.S. Kehar that Modi was a clear winner in the RCA elections having won "26 out of the 33 votes."
Like a brisk start in a T20 match, the submission was made as soon as the hearing began so as to prevent the bench from opening the envelopes containing the results of the poll and declare the result, officially. The BCCI counsel contended that declaration of the result should await adjudication of their objections that Modi, who is facing a life ban for financial irregularities in the IPL, should not have been allowed to contest at all.