Sacked IPL commissioner Lalit Modi’s son Ruchir Modi was elected president of the Alwar District Cricket Association (ADCA) on August 22, said Rajasthan Cricket Association treasurer, Pawan Goyal, but some members of the local body have disputed that claim.
Goyal, who is also secretary of the Alwar body, said Modi’s son bought land in the district to become eligible for election. But three life members of the Alwar association told HT that the elections never took place.
Modi’s entry into ADCA is being seen as an attempt by Lalit Modi to bring him into the state body, RCA, so that the BCCI lifts its ban on it. Ruchir had denied a media report in July about his entry into RCA. “Media rumours of myself heading the Rajasthan Cricket Association are completely untrue,” he tweeted from @RuchirLModi handle on July 24.
There’s been no comment from him or his father about the ADCA election.
Pawan Sharma, ADCA joint secretary, said he never heard about the election. “I am also a life member and should have been informed if there was an election happening,” he told HT. Nand Kishore Sharma and Anshul Mehta, also life members, backed his claim.
Sharma alleged that elections were held in 2010 but were not fair. “I complained to the Registrar of Societies. Pawan Goyal went to the high court against my complaint, and the HC on December 18, 2010, ordered status quo. On July 21, the high court dismissed Goyal’s petition.”
Goyal said the election was held on August 22 and Ruchir Modi was elected president, Goyal secretary and Tarachand Agarwal the treasurer. Goyal said he was touring, so he could not inform the media. “I will issue a press release about it when I return to Alwar,” he said.
Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC) officials in Jaipur are also not aware of the election. RCA secretary Sumendra Tiwari said: “We now have a weapon against BCCI ban”, hinting at Ruchir Modi taking over the state body soon.
Sources said Goyal, who is close to Lalit Modi, planned Ruchir’s entry during his meetings with the RCA president in Dubai.