Former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi on Wednesday received a shot in the arm after a Supreme Court appointed observer cleared his nomination to contest for the post of President in the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections here Thursday.

Despite being banned for life by the Cricket Board, Mr Modi had defiantly filed his nomination for the elections on Dec 16 which prompted a livid BCCI to threaten suspension of RCA for letting him back.

Retired justice Narendra Mohan Kasliwal, the judge appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the RCA elections as a principal observer, accepted Mr Modi’s candidature for the top post, rejecting the arguments put forth by his rival, Rampal Sharma’s lawyer.

Bhilwara District Cricket Association secretary, Sharma, a close aide of incumbent RCA president C P Joshi, had objected to Mr Modi’s candidature on the ground that the RCA stands to lose its rights and privileges as BCCI member if Mr Modi was voted to power.

The judge also cleared the nomination of another Modi aide Pawan Goyal, secretary of the Alwar District Cricket Association, to contest the elections for the Treasurer post.

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