Shocked To See BCCI Has Rejected All The Vital reforms Again, Says Justice RM Lodha
It’s been more than a year since the Lodha recommendation were passed by the Supreme Court. It was made mandatory for BCCI to implement the reforms suggested by Justice RM Lodha and his panel. But, BCCI has shown great defiance and has successfully managed to stand against the full application of the reforms.
The latest attempt by BCCI to present their case and resolve the points of discord was made in the form of the powerful committee which consisted of BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, vice-president TC Mathew, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, Nabha Bhattacharjee, the secretary of the Meghalaya Cricket Association, Jay Shah, the joint-secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Association.
The committee identified “unanimously agreed” six to seven points which was later trimmed down the list to 3-4 points. The members of the committee also sought the suggestion of former DDCA president and finance minister Arun Jaitley for guidance.
Justice RM Lodha unimpressed
Arun Jaitley sternly advised the members to only focus reconsideration of necessary points and ignore others. The committee wants modification or removal of – one-state-one-vote, a three-man selection committee, and having a three-year cooling-off period for an office bearer after every term of three years.
But, these disputed suggestions also happen to the most important ones from the purview of the Justice R M Lodha who is shocked at the dilution of his recommendations by the BCCI members.
“I am shocked to see that the BCCI has rejected all the major reforms again. The heart, kidney, lungs are being taken out of these reforms. It’s a comprehensive report prepared by the committee and by removing the vital organs, nothing remains in the suggested reforms. I don’t know what is happening,” Justice Lodha told ToI on Wednesday (July 26).
Lodha feels that BCCI should have adhered to the Supreme Court verdict. he hopes that the apex court will come up with the ideal decision as the Lodha Committee has no power to make BCCI implement them.
“What is the point in deliberating when the verdict is already given by the Supreme Court? I don’t understand where is the possibility of changing the recommendations when all the review petitions have been rejected,” he lamented.
“If the BCCI rejects reforms like the powers of the executives and the size of the apex council, it means BCCI is not interested in implementing the reforms at all. I am sure the honourable Supreme Court will take a look at it very soon,” Lodha said.
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