Former Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju was not consulted before the important Special General Meeting (SGM) which was held in Mumbai on Saturday.
The 70-year-old Katju in his initial report had suggested that the Lodha reforms are illegal and unconstitutional. Perhaps Katju’s criticism didn’t go well with the Supreme Court and that may be one of the reasons for BCCI not inviting him for the crucial meeting in Mumbai.
“I am not in contact with the BCCI after the submission of my report. In fact, two days ago, I called up the secretary Ajay Shirke, who was preparing to come to Delhi (from Mumbai) and inquired whether my advice would be further needed, to which he promised to return my call once in Delhi but he didn’t contact me thereafter,” Katju said, speaking from Delhi.
A second report was promised earlier, but that may not be prepared now, due to the current situation.
“It is up to the BCCI. I don’t want to speculate on this issue,” said Katju.
Meanwhile, Tripura Cricket Association (TCA) which accepted the Lodha panel recommendations, promising t back the BCCI.
Sourav Dasgupta, the secretary of the association, speaking exclusively from Agartala, after attending the meeting on Sunday. Dasgupta said, “we are with the BCCI in this difficult time, though we respect the chief justice’s verdict, and accepted the Lodha panel recommendations”.
The BCCI has accepted a few recommendations but defied the few important recommendations. Few members of the BCCI are likely to have “spoken” to the TCA secretary ongoing with the Lodha panel recommendations.
“The discussions were held among us and it can not be discussed in public,” he added.