India news October 18, 2013

BCCI order on Modi stayed by court

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Rajasthan High Court has stayed the communication sent by the BCCI to the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) restraining former IPL chairman Lalit Modi from participating in activities of affiliated and constituent units of the Indian board.

The petition seeking the stay was filed by Nagaur District Cricket Association (NDCA), which claimed that Modi was an office bearer of the body, a constituent unit of the RCA that is governed by Rajasthan Sports Act. The NDCA said the BCCI's order was "in violation of the legal provisions contained in Local Sports Act".

The petition also said that Modi, being an NDCA member, was entitled to contest the RCA elections in November.

Modi had been expelled from the BCCI during a special general meeting (SGM) of the board in Chennai on September 25. "He shall forfeit all his rights and privileges as administrator," the BCCI had said. "He shall not in future be entitled to hold any position or office, or be admitted in any committee or any member or associate member of the board." The BCCI communication on Modi was received by the RCA on October 3.

The BCCI's disciplinary committee had found Modi guilty on eight different charges of "various acts of indiscipline and misconduct". The charges, relating to irregularities in various financial and administrative matters of the IPL, including the sale of franchise and media rights, were pressed by the BCCI in 2010 soon after Modi's swift and dramatic exit from the league he founded.