File photo of former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.
Lalit Modi's likely return to cricket administration in India could be decided by the Supreme Court later on Tuesday as it hears the The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) objections to declare the results of the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections.
The matter was supposed to be heard last Tuesday, but was adjourned after the BCCI asked for time, Modi had contested the RCA elections in December despite a BCCI life ban due to the Rajasthan Sports Act which does not recognize BCCI rules.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had said that Modi was a clear winner of the RCA election results, even before the official announcement from the apex court. The cricket board said that Modi had won 26 of 33 votes but requested the Supreme Court to not officially open the result. The RCA chief Kishore Rungta and the BCCI had already filed a Special Leave Petition opposing Modi`s return as RCA president.
As cricket's apex body, the BCCI urged the apex court to hear their petition before opening the envelope and declaring the result. But the court said it would first see the results and if Modi wins, then before declaring the results, it would hear the BCCI otherwise there would be no need.
The BCCI in September 2013 had imposed a life ban on Modi for alleged irregularities when he headed the IPL from 2008 to 2010. The RCA elections were held on December 19, 2013, under the watch of the apex court-appointed former judge NM Kasliwal.