India's top court bars BCCI from disbursing funds to state bodies without affidavits on reforms
The BCCI chose not to implement some of the recommendations made by the Lodha panel. Photograph: (AFP)
India's apex court today asked the country's governing body of cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), not to disburse funds to state associations till they file affidavits assuring they will abide by the Lodha panel recommendations.
The Lodha Committee, set up to bring about administrative changes in the BCCI, had directed banks the board has accounts with to stop disbursing "large" amounts to state associations.
The Supreme Court ordered that the Rs 16.72 cr each disbursed to 13 state bodies should not be spent till they file affidavit on reforms.
It also directed BCCI President Anurag Thakur to file a personal affidavit on his communication with ICC about Lodha panel. The court asked Thakur and board official Ratnakar Shetty to file the affidavits within 10 days.
The Lodha panel's directive about not disbursing funds to state associations had come after the BCCI chose not to implement some of the recommendations it had made.
The panel had asked the BCCI to make a series of changes, including age limit of 70 years for all office bearers, a tenure limit of nine years with a cooling off period and the one-state-one-vote policy, among others.