The elections had become contentious because former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi was in the fray for the presidentship. An Apex Court bench headed by Justice Anil. R. Dave directed the registry to send the results in a sealed cover to Justice (retd) N.M. Kasliwal, the observer for the elections, so that these could be released.

The Court also said that anyone aggrieved at the outcome of the elections could challenge this before the appropriate authority.

Earlier in January, former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi expressed happiness after the BCCI conceded his victory in the Rajasthan Cricket Association presidential election but lamented the delay in the official announcement of the result.

The BCCI had told the Supreme Court that Modi will emerge as a clear winner in RCA polls but successfully opposed opening of a sealed envelope containing its results at a hearing before the Apex Court.
"I am surprised that BCCI seemed to know the result before anyone else and before the court even pronounced it. But extremely happy that they think I have won," Modi had said.
The BCCI has been firmly opposing Modi's return to Indian cricket administration, with lawyers claiming that Rajasthan faces expulsion from the Board if Modi becomes RCA president. Modi had contested for the president's post in the RCA election held in Jaipur on December 19 and was widely expected to win.
The BCCI in September 2013 had imposed a life ban the UK-based businessman for alleged irregularities when he headed the IPL from 2008 to 2010.
However, Modi was allowed to contest the elections on the basis of Rajasthan Sports Act, which does not recognize the BCCI ban.


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