It was a big day for former Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi as he finally got back his passport and with it, the permit to return to India. Modi has lived in the UK with a residence permit since 2010. His return is likely to spice up the Board of Control for Cricket in India elections in September.
Modi, a former vice-president of the BCCI, was banned for life by the Indian cricket Board in September 2013. A committee headed by Arun Jaitley found him guilty of financial irregularities in the cash-rich IPL, a tournament that Modi started in 2008. Modi has challenged the BCCI ban in court. (Also read: Suspended RCA not included in 2014-15 schedule)
Defying the BCCI, Modi contested the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections in December last year. Riding a controversial Rajasthan Sports Act, Modi contested the president's post and won with comprehensive ease. The RCA elections were supervised by court officers. The BCCI promptly suspended Rajasthan.