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CoA Chairman Vinod Rai Reveals Supreme Court Has A Final Say In Implementations Of Lodha Reforms 

CoA Chairman Vinod Rai Reveals Supreme Court Has A Final Say In Implementations Of Lodha Reforms

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai on Tuesday revealed the working group has done its best according to capacity and capability, in a bid to implement the Lodha Panel reforms six months after the group was appointed by the Supreme Court, to further set the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in order. (Read Here: CAB To Conduct AGM After Supreme Court Decides On Lodha Reforms).

According to the Rai, earlier court has failed to convince the members which include the CoA of late, as he has asked the apex body to issue an order, as per the Article 142 of India’s Constitution which reveals about the ‘decrees and orders’ of the Supreme Court’.

“Our mandate was to implement the recommendations of the Lodha Committee as approved by the Supreme Court on July 18, 2016. How do we ensure that mandate is fulfilled?,” Rai was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.

The latest development revealed number of elements in the recent past have had tried to evade the reformations process in multiple ways.

“I asked them not to defy the court, be obedient to the verdict and if you have some genuine problems bring it to the notice of the court,” Rai added.

The fresh response from Rai reveals CoA members are frustrated after giving their best to convince the board’s members to its length and breadth.

“It is not patience. My consensus-building efforts did not fructify. I am not frustrated. I am just saying the writ of the court must run,” Rai further added.

Coming hard at the members, Rai revealed there is no space for further talks while adding the apex body holds every right to come up with the decision.

“This attempt failed due to the intransigence of a couple of people with vested interests who could sway the others,” Rai said.

Earlier, two of the important members including historian Ramachandra Guha and Vijay Limaye tendered resignations for their respective posts.

While talking about the current happenings, Rai responded he would only speak in detail since January 30, this year while adding the implementations did not take place before the formation of the CoA owing to the multiple reasons and a tussle for power.

“We can ensure that mandate is fulfilled only by making the BCCI’s special general body meeting (SGM) pass a resolution.  Isn’t it?,” Rai asserted.

Rai in his interview further revealed he tried to reach the agreement in a nutshell while bridging the gap after talking to the members of the BCCI for the acceptance of new constitution before requesting the body to look at the shortcomings of the reforms.

“I asked the BCCI members to narrow down the parts of the order that were hurting them, but please adopt the new constitution. And then appeal to the court asking to look at the shortlist of recommendations again,” Rai concluded.

Interestingly, the recommendations were set to bring the State Cricket Associations (SCA) in the same frame, owing to the constitution following the suggestion of Lodha Panel.

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