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SC bars BCCI from releasing funds to state associations

Updated: Oct 07, 2016 16:59 IST      
SC bars BCCI from releasing funds to state associations

New Delhi [India], Oct.7 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday barred the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from releasing funds to the 12 state associations unless they pass a resolution to implement the Lodha panel reforms.

Pronouncing the order, the apex court said that the state associations would not get funds unless a resolution is passed to implement justice Lodha committee reforms.

The top court also asked BCCI president Anurag Thakur to file a personal affidavit on details of his conversation with ICC Chief David Richardson regarding the Lodha panel recommendations.

The top court will now hear on October 17 whether the BCCI office bearers should be sacked and interim administrators should be appointed for refusing to implement the Lodha committee recommendations.

Yesterday, Chief Justice T.S 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 saying, "You can't transfer Rs 400 crore overnight."

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.

Last week, the Lodha committee had submitted its status report with the Supreme Court, accusing the BCCI of defying the apex court's orders and stalling its proposed reforms. It also recommended the ouster of the entire top brass of the cash-rich cricket body.

In its report, the apex court-appointed panel had stated that the BCCI was not implementing its recommendations aimed at reforming the country's cricket governing body.

The move came after the BCCI appointed a five-member selection committee during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 21, which was in violation to the Lodha panel's guidelines.

Tearing into the BCCI for ignoring the directions of the Lodha panel, the apex court had given the cricket governing body time till October 6 to respond to the panel's report.

In its October 1 Special General Meeting, the BCCI had accepted many of the "significant recommendations" of the Lodha Committee, however, it excluded the important ones which have been bone of contention between the cricket 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 included the tenure of the administrators, continue 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". (ANI)

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