Raj HC quashes no-confidence against Lalit Modi

Jaipur, Nov 5 : The Rajasthan High Court today quashed the no-confidence motion moved against IPL czar Lalit Modi in March this year, which had ousted him from the presidentship of Rajasthan Cricket Association.

A single bench of the High Court today allowed both sides to reach an interim compromise formula on five points. The compromise formula was filed in the court by both Lalit Modi and Amin Pathan groups, the rival groups which were waging a war earlier to capture the post of RCA president.

It was agreed by both the groups to hold a fair and transparent no-confidence motion against Modi.

Lalit Modi had come into power after RCA elections results were declared in May 2014. The polls were held in Dec 2013 but the results were kept sealed following a Supreme Court directive. As expected Modi won by a landslide margin, polling in 24 out of 33 votes, while his opponent Rampal Sharma earned just five.

Modi was slapped with a life ban by the BCCI on September 25, 2013, year after its disciplinary committee found him guilty on eight charges of “indiscipline and misconduct”.

After Modi entered the fray in the RCA elections, BCCI had challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act, 2005, which allowed Modi to contest the presidential polls despite being banned for life by the Board.

Modi was later ousted in March 2015 with 17-1 verdict even as his supporters cried foul of the entire election process.

The no-confidence motion against Modi was passed at a meeting held under police protection at the RCA Academy inside the Sawai Man Singh Stadium Complex in Jaipur. The motion had been moved by Kota-based Amin Pathan, who had claimed the support of 23 of the affiliated units in Oct 2014 while removing Modi from his post. The rival factions had sought legal intervention to sort out the issue.

Pathan, a BJP minority strongman had said then that ousting Modi was essential to save cricket in Rajasthan. The BCCI had banned RCA and was not giving any international matches and even IPL games to the state.

Approving the terms and conditions as agreed by both the parties, the single bench of Justice Bela M Trivedi permitted the issuance of fresh no-confidence motion to be carried out within four weeks under supervision of Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra, retired Supreme Court judge.

The first meeting for the same would now take place on November 26 as proposed.

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