Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi was voted out as the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president on Monday amidst violent and chaotic circumstances, exposing the ugly politics behind the game’s administration in the country.
Several people were left with bloodied faces and bodies after members of a rival faction allegedly pelted stones at buses ferrying Modi loyalists to the Sawai Mansingh Stadium which hosted the controversial RCA meeting.
Modi, 49, is credited with launching the world’s richest cricket tournament in the form of Indian Premier League (IPL) but was later handed a lifetime ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for alleged financial bungling. He denies all charges.
The suspension was later stayed by the Rajasthan high court.
The RCA’s extraordinary general body meeting voted 17-1 in favour of RCA vice-president Amin Pathan, who replaced Modi as the top man in the state association.
Along with Modi, RCA deputy president Mahmood Abdi, secretary Sumendra Tiwari and treasurer Pawan Goyal were also removed. Abdi later moved the high court against the decision. The court will hear the petition on Tuesday.
The meeting was held on the directions of the Rajasthan high court to settle the leadership issue.
JC Mohanti, the state health secretary and also in-charge of Rajasthan’s sports department, said incidents outside the stadium had no bearing on the result of the meeting.
“Whatever happens outside the stadium is not our jurisdiction. We had managed the entire thing in the stadium,” he said.
Rajendra Singh Rathore, a senior member of the Modi faction and also secretary of Jhunjhunu district association said that it was a well calculated move.
“We had the support of 17 districts but our buses were intentionally attacked. There was no time frame for getting into the EGM which was scheduled for 11 am to 2 pm…but we were denied entry on pretext that we were late and the result was announced despite the fact that we were sitting right outside the meeting venue,” he said.
Modi's ouster came a few days after a shake-up in the BCCI's top echeleons with Jagmohan Dalmiya returning as the president of the country's top cricket body, replacing N Srinivasan who is under the Supreme Court's scanner.
(With PTI inputs)