With Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections round the corner, a game of cat and mouse seems to have begun. On Tuesday, Kishore Rungta, a former BCCI treasurer whose family’s 30-year reign over the RCA was ended by Lalit Modi in February 2005, held a press conference in which he issued a 14-point press note into the alleged misdeeds of RCA under Modi.
At the same time, an FIR for forgery (No. 50/2009) was registered against Modi by Rupa Ram, a panchayat samiti member of Nagaur. Ram accused Modi of false registration of property in Nagaur, something that had made him eligible to contest the RCA elections in 2004.
One of the many charges Rungta levelled was that RCA funds were used for personal purposes. According to the papers in HT’s possession, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, in its letter to the RCA dated December 1, 2008, deducted Rs 2,14,65,853 from RCA’s share of BCCI’s TV rights subsidy, which the board grants to state associations each year.
According to the papers, confirmed as authentic by the BCCI, some of the amount deducted is in lieu of Radhika Moolraj, Modi’s personal secretary, travelling to Ireland at RCA expense (Rs 91,400).
The other figure that raises eyebrows is of Rs 22,80,777. Rungta alleges that Modi, during the 2007 World Cup, siphoned off this amount and then debited it to the RCA account.
Asked to explain these expenses, RCA secretary Subhash Joshi said: “Radhika Moolraj’s expenses have nothing to do with the RCA. We have already asked Mr. Modi about it and he has replied saying that since Ms Moolraj went for some board-related work, the BCCI should not charge us. We will see how that goes.
“Regarding the expenditure for the World Cup, we had booked several India match tickets for the RCA officials but as India crashed out of the World Cup in the first round, naturally no one went. But the tickets were already purchased by the BCCI, so we have to shell out the requisite amount, minus the amount generated by reselling those tickets. All in all, we have presented our case to the BCCI and are waiting for the reply,” Joshi explained.