The Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the decks for the announcement of results of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections, in which BCCI-banned former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi stood for the post of president.
SC-appointed election observers will announce the results on the 6th of May in Rajasthan, the court said on Wednesday, adding that the BCCI has the right to challenge the results. “If BCCI or any party has any grievance, they can challenge it,” SC said.
SC has also allowed the BCCI to take any action it wants in accordance with the rules post declaration of results. So while Modi may win, the BCCI is free to take action against the RCA.
While the declaration of results has been held by SC for months, the Modi faction has already claimed victory, while BCCI and former RCA president Kishore Rungta have been opposing the controversial Rajasthan Sports Act 2005 that allowed Modi a window to contest.
Incidentally, the Indian cricket board has already conceded defeat in the RCA polls while continuing to oppose Modi’s return. On January 27, the BCCI’s lawyers said that Modi was a clear winner with “26 out of the 33 votes.”
The elections were held on December 19 last year and supervised by retired SC judges NM Kasliwal and SP Pathak. The votes by RCA’s 33 affiliated members were then submitted to the SC in a sealed envelope.