SC pulls up BCCI for delay in implementing Lodha panel reforms

ANI | Updated: Sep 21, 2017 17:51 IST

New Delhi [India], September 21 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Thursday once again reprimanded the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for its constant delay in the implementation of Justice (Retd.) R.M. Lodha-led committee's recommendations.

Issuing a warning to three BCCI office bearers - Anirudh Choudhary, Amitabh Choudhary and C.K. Khanna, the apex court asked the trio to give suggestions on the cash-rich cricket body's draft constitution or else face serious consequences.

The Supreme Court has given a three-week deadline to the BCCI office bearers to give suggestions to Committee of Administrators (CoA) for a new constitution.

The three have also been asked to personally appear before the court on October 30, the date of next hearing.

On August 23, the apex court had instructed the CoA to prepare a draft of the new constitution as per the Lodha panel recommendations. The Supreme Court had then said that the draft constitution would be based on its directions of July 18, 2016.

In its fifth status report, the Vinod Rai-led committee, on August 16, had pulled up the BCCI for deliberately misconstruing the apex court's order to bar CEO Rahul Johri and the legal team from attending the SGM held on July 26.

The CoA had said that the BCCI officials also used the Supreme Court's expression of 'etc' to bring in a series of issues aimed at unraveling the fundamental core of reforms mandated by the apex court.

In a landmark judgment on July 18, 2016, the Supreme Court accepted major recommendations of Justice R.M. Lodha-led panel on structural reforms in the BCCI and had given six months deadline to the board implement the recommendations.

On October 1 the same year, the board had accepted many of the "significant recommendations" of the Lodha Committee, but excluded the important ones which have been a 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 retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board. (ANI)