Former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi was indicted 17 votes to 1 in Rajasthan Cricket Association’s special AGM in Jaipur on March 10th, 2015 . Rival factions of the association tested their strengths with the ‘no-confidence’ motion against top four office-bearers, including Modi, being put to vote.
Modi, who has been seeking to legitimize his return at the helm of RCA, was dealt a big blow after the voting was carried out. His supporters though allege that they were denied entry and that their bus was even stoned by members of the rival faction.
As per the Sports Act of the state and Constitution of RCA, the Amin Pathan group, which staged a coup last year to remove the Modi team, needed two-third majority to see the no-confidence passed. Out of a total 33 district associations, the Modi faction claimed to have the support of about 15 units, much more than the required nine to defeat the motion.
“It’s a mockery,” said Modi confident Mehmood Abdi. The voting should be in a fairer manner. We were stopped when we were about to reach. No-confidence motion was passed and those who were against this motion were not allowed to enter the venue.”
Pathan, who leads the rival faction, though fervidly denied the charge. “They knew they would not be able to hold out against the no-confidence motion, so it looks like they staged this attack on themselves,” Pathan said. “We had nothing to do with it.”
The Secretary Sports of the Rajasthan Government J C Mohanty, who conducted the meeting, said that Modi had indeed been voted out but he had no information about members being kept out forcibly.
“Modi has been voted out and the quorum was decided after seeing the members present,” he said. “That matter (members being kept out) is outside my jurisdiction and I would not like to comment on it.”