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Lalit Modi qualifies to contest RCA election despite BCCI ban

by RajasthanDirect
Dec 11, 2013

Modi, despite being banned by the BCCI, qualifies to contest under the provisions of Rajasthan Sports Act. Rajasthan Cricket Association’s elections will now be held on December 19. Election officer Bihari Lal Gupta announced the fresh date after the Supreme Court-appointed principal observer NM Kasliwal completed the hearing of the disputes.

After going through the candidates and voters’ lists, Kasliwal declared that while Lalit Modi is eligible to contest the polls, Sanjay Dixit is not.

“Dixit is an employee of the central government and as per a new rule, he has to get written permission from his employers in order to contest. He hasn’t submitted any such letter,” Gupta told TOI.

There was, however, some confusion over the order on Dixit. While the election officer stated: “Dixit is not eligible to contest for any elective office,” Dixit opined that “elective office” refers to the posts of three office-bearers (president, secretary and treasurer). Gupta, however insisted that “elective office” refers to all posts for which elections are held.

“If there are any confusion in this regard, Mr Kasliwal will clarify the same before the nominations are filed,” he said. There are 10 other government officials on the voters’ list.

However, all of them are employed by the state government and do not require permission to contest elections. Gupta added that if Dixit submits the required permission before the nominations close on Dec 16, the order can be amended in his favour.

This is a state government instrument and all elections to Rajasthan’s sporting bodies have to be conducted under the framework prescribed by it.

The RCA had initially announced that the elections would be held on November 24. However, following a Supreme Court interim order on a petition by former president Kishore Rungta, the elections were postponed by Kasliwal.

src: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/top-stories/Lalit-Modi-may-be-back-in-BCCI-fold/articleshow/27197237.cms

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