Will Lalit Modi be sixth time lucky? In spite of 'knowing' that he has won the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections handsomely, the former Indian Premier League boss is awaiting an elusive Supreme Court nod to take charge. On March 11, when the judges put off the RCA hearing to March 25, it was the fifth time that the case was deferred. It is clearly becoming a case of so-near-and-yet-so-far for 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. All previous hearings in the apex court have drawn a blank for Modi and his followers.
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."