Controversial former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi was voted out as the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president on Monday during an extraordinary general body meeting but his followers alleged that the rival group sabotaged their bid through foul play.
Along with Modi, RCA deputy president Mahmood Abdi, secretary Sumendra Tiwari and treasurer Pawan Goyal were also removed after a no-confidence motion.
Abdi later moved the high court against the decision. The court will hear the petition on Tuesday.
In all, 17 out of the 18 members voted against Modi, thereby paving the way for RCA vice-president Amin Pathan to become the new president.
The extraordinary general meeting (EGM) was conducted by sports secretary and sports council president JC Mohanti at the direction of the Rajasthan high court to settle the leadership issue.
The meeting was held at the RCA Cricket Academy in Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
However, the Modi faction claimed that 10 of their supporters were mobbed by the rival group in front of the Polo ground and delayed from reaching the meeting on time. However, Mohanti denied the allegations.
“Whatever happens outside the stadium, is not our jurisdiction. We had managed the entire thing in the stadium,” Mohanti said.
He said the meeting was held as per the court direction. Those who came later than 11am were not allowed to vote. This left only 23 out of 33 members to vote during the meeting. However, five of them were adjudged disputed and were not allowed to vote too. This left the meeting with 18 voters, out of which 17 expressed ‘no confidence’ in Modi against one.
The five districts which were adjudged disputed comprised Hanumangarh, Ajmer, Pali, Sawai Madhopur and Jodhpur.
Damodar Sharma, conductor of one of the buses which carried Modi supporters from Narayan Niwas hotel, alleged that the buses were attacked.
However, Pathan, who had led the coup against Modi, said it was a clear victory for his team. He said that there was no room for any controversy.
Modi and his men were in the habit of cribbing like this, he said, adding, “I had heard in Chennai after the BCCI elections that they (the Modi group) were going to challenge that election too.” He said, “The new dates for fresh elections for the said posts would be announced soon.”
Ousted RCA secretary Somendra Tiwari said that they had moved court because the Modi group had support of 16 districts.