SC reserves order on Lodha Committee recommendations implementation

Sudipta / 30 June 2016

The Supreme Court of India has decided to issue an order to the Board of Control for Cricket in India on how to implement the Lodha panel report that is aimed at restricting the Board’s administration.

The two-member bench comprising of Chief justice TS Thakur and Justice Ibrahim Kalifullah has been hearing the matter for several months now.

On January 4, 2016, the Supreme Court released the recommendations made by the three-member Lodha panel. The proposals were mainly aimed at structural changes for better governance.

Age limit, time of the tenure and one state one vote, final transparency, accountability were mainly in focus.

The BCCI and its affiliated units have steadfastly contested some of the proposals, the implementation of which will have far-reaching consequences in the way the BCCI functions, earns and shares revenue.

“You have a complete monopoly. If any cricket club or association wants to do anything, we are least bothered. We are not here to reform every cricketing club.

“But if any institution which is discharging public duty like BCCI, then any organisation or association associated with it will have to reform itself,” the Supreme Court had bench had earlier said.

The Lodha Committee recommendations have come in the wake of conflict of interest controversy during the regime of N Srinivasan. The IPL spot-fixing controversy in 2013 led the apex court to monitor the case. N. Srinivasan was at the helm, so the Supreme Court asked him to step down for the free probe.

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