India: Top court to pass direction over Lodha Committee plea against BCCI
The court had told the BCCI president Anurag Thakur to file a personal affidavit on details of his conversation with ICC Chief David Richardson regarding the recommendations of the Lodha panel. Photograph: (Reuters)
The Supreme Court of India is likely to pass direction today over Justice Lodha committee plea alleging that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is violating the apex court order and committee directions regarding BCCI reforms.
The top court on October 7 had postponed its hearing on the spat between the BCCI, the national governing body for cricket in India, and Lodha Committee till Monday, while holding that the recommendations of the panel matter.
The court has also barred the BCCI from releasing any funds to its state affiliates until they provide an unconditional undertaking that they will comply with the organisational reforms as recommended by the Justice RM Lodha Committee.
The court had told BCCI president Anurag Thakur to file a personal affidavit on details of his conversation with ICC Chief David Richardson regarding the recommendations of the Lodha panel.
Thakur contacted the governing body of the sport with regards to the inclusion of a Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) member in the newly-formed apex council of BCCI.
According to ICC regulations, national boards must not have government interference in its administrative body.
A lapse in this regard could lead to de-recognition of member boards.
During its October 6 hearing, a three-judge panel had dismissed BCCI’s response to a status report filed by the Lodha committee following the board’s failure to meet an important deadline with respect to the implementation of a Memorandum of Associations (MoA) as necessitated by the timelines framed by the Lodha committee.
Justice TS Thakur had criticised the BCCI for transferring Rs 400 crore overnight to its state associations which was against the Lodha panel’s recommendations.
The top court had also maintained that the BCCI should have exercised transparency in funding state associations.
Meanwhile, the BCCI, in its response to the court, had refuted allegations of non-compliance with the Lodha-led panel`s recommendations, saying that "records of 40 mails" exchanged with Justice Lodha would be submitted before the apex court.
"Records of 40 mails sent to Justice Lodha will be submitted to the court, not true that we didn't respond to Committee`s mails," the BCCI had said.
In its October 1 meeting, the BCCI had accepted many of the "significant recommendations" of the Lodha Committee, however, it left out the important ones which have been the bone of contention between the body and the Lodha Panel.
The recommendations, which have still not been accepted by the 30-member committee, include one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which includes the tenure of the administrators, continuing with the five-selectors and keeping to retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.
Defending its action, the BCCI said, "a meeting comprising all members took place, and several recommendations of the Lodha Committee were rejected by voting".
(WION with inputs from ANI)