Petitioner Aditya Verma Calls BCCI’s Seven-Member Committee illegal

Rishav Narang / 28 June 2017

Aditya Verma, the Secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar and the petitioner in the IPL spot-fixing case has blasted over BCCI for composing a seven-member committee headed by Rajeev Shukla – which will look into the crucial points of the Lodha recommendations, which is preventing the board from implementing recommendations completely.

Verma alleged that the board is committing the same mistake again, which they committed last year, that resulted in sacking of Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shrike at the start of this year,

“Even after the previous BCCI SGM last October, they employed the same tactics when Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke were the Board’s president and secretary respectively. After the meeting, the state associations had reservations on some issues and there was no decision. We all know how the Supreme Court showed the door to Thakur and Shirke later. This is just a farce and is contempt of court. Without any agenda how can BCCI form a committee? They need to take the CoA’s permission. When the Supreme Court has already formed a committee, how can they form a new committee? This is just an eyewash and another strategy of BCCI to delay their decision. They are violating the SC order,” Verma told Mid-day.

The decision to form a committee to look into the critical points was taken in the SGM of BCCI. The seven-member committee headed by Rajeev Shukla includes likes of Sourav Ganguly, TC Mathew, Naba Bhattacharjee, Jaydev Shah, Anirudh Chaudhry and Amitabh Choudhary. The committee is expected to come with its findings within two weeks, on the basis of which BCCI will file its reply in front of the Supreme Court of India. (Read Here: BCCI Forms Seven Member Committee)

The main area of impasse why board can’t implement Lodha recommendations in toto are one state-one vote, age cap barrier and the cooling off period between the two successive terms. The apex court in India had already sacked Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke for not complying with the Lodha recommendations. The reply of BCCI to the Supreme Court of India will decide the future of the board as just like last time where the court formed COA, this time as well we might see the court coming up with something out of the box so as the BCCI implements the Lodha recommendations.

We might also see the court announcing a replacement of Ramachandra Guha and Vikram Limaye in the Committee Of Administrators (COA) as well. The former one has already quit his post whereas the latter one is all set to submit his resignation after re-opening of The Supreme Court of India. (Read Here: Vikram Limaye To Quit His COA Post)