29 Dec 2013

Lalit Modi defies cricketing ban

1:57 pm on 29 December 2013

India's cricket chiefs have vowed to enforce a life-long ban on Lalit Modi after the disgraced Indian Premier League founder contested elections for a state cricket association in absentia.

Modi, who lives in London after his passport was revoked by the Indian government on corruption charges, contested the post of president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association on December 19.

Results for the Supreme Court-monitored elections will be declared on January 6, but the Modi faction has claimed support of 25 of the 33 district units in the state.

The elections have angered the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which in September banned Modi for life from holding any cricket post after finding him guilty of serious acts of indiscipline and misconduct.

The 50-year-old scion of a business family, being investigated by the government on corruption and money-laundering charges, has in the past denied all allegations against him.

The life ban is unrelated to spot-fixing and betting scandals.

In 2012, the former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns won a libel suit against Modi.

A London court ordered Modi to pay Cairns about 180 thousand dollars in damages plus court costs.