Supreme Court fires shots at BCCI bosses

Paola Ditto
Settembre 22, 2017

Even as Virat Kohli & Co take on Australia in the second ODI match at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on Thursday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) faced itself being pulled up by the Supreme Court for its delay in implementing recommendations made by the Lodha panel. The court heard that the office bearers had shown "obstinate attitude and unnecessary intervention" despite "our order".

Hearing the case, the bench comprising of Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that the draft constitution should include Justice R M Lodha committee's suggestions in its entirety in order to present a holistic document in front of the court for final verdict. The MoA has identified 30 states with other BCCI affiliates like the Cricket Club of India, Railways, Universities and Services getting the "associate" membership tage without voting rights.

"It is clear that current office-bearers are not in position to make good on their undertakings and ensure that reforms mandated by this court is implemented".

After brief deliberations, the bench passed the order making it clear that all stake holders including the three office-bearers would give their suggestions in accordance with its judgements within three weeks for the goal of drafting of the BCCI constitution, news agencies reported.

The lawyer representing the BCCI office bearers also emphasised that the draft constitution includes additions to the order passed by the Supreme Court on July 18 past year.

The bench said, "We shall be advised by the CoA" asking the bench to cooperate in the endeavour.

The court fixed the matter for hearing on October 30 and directed C K Khanna, Amitabh Choudhary and Aniruddh Chaudhry to remain present before it.

In the next hearing, the BCCI officials will be expected to give suggestions to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) on the new constitution.

The bench made it clear that BCCI would not hold a general body meeting for the goal of drafting the constitution.

It's worth noting that the Supreme Court-appointed COA on September 8 confirmed that the BCCI's new constitution has been drafted, but said that it's waiting for approval from the court. The CoA also made the court aware that the BCCI's general body made the CEO of the board leave a meeting, and that none of the office bearers made an attempt to make him stay.

Bali submitted that the draft constitution was beyond the scope of the Lodha panel's recommendations and the apex court judgment.

The court, however, had said it would first go by the COA's fourth status report and then look into the contempt petition filed by CAB.

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