Lalit Modi has been formally declared president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association. The results of the December 19 elections were declared by a court observer in Jaipur on Tuesday. According to a Supreme Court order last week, the votes, in a sealed envelope, were opened under court observation. Modi's return as RCA president is not going to be easy. Legalities and the Board of Control for Cricket in India's regulations are likely to stand in the way.
Modi's election is set to trigger another round of legal battles. The Modi camp said it will wait for BCCI to react. "They cannot remove a person who has been democratically elected as RCA president," said Mehmood Abdi, a senior RCA official and Modi's counsel. The Modi camp is hoping that a change of guard at the BCCI helm may also help matters.
"I am extremely happy that the Supreme Court has taken the right decision and allowed the due democratic process to go forward. We are hoping our group will win the elections. If we do win we will have an agenda and vision which I will make clear after the results," Modi said after judge AR Dave passed the order last week.