Former Chief Justice, RM Lodha has come down heavily on the Committee of Administrators (COA) and the BCCI. He specifically criticized the BCCI for delaying the implementation of the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee. However, he also reserved some strong words for the COA.
In an interview with the New Indian Express, Justice Lodha said, “I don’t understand why they (COA) have got involved in incidental matters and not shown urgency in doing the job they were supposed to perform”. Commenting on the role of the COA he added, “structural changes, a new governance model in place and work on getting a Players Association functional.”
On the issue of N Srinivasan attending meetings, despite being disqualified, he said, “It was for the CoA to see that all those who are not eligible to attend meetings are not allowed to do so. I don’t understand how this is happening.”
Furthermore, Justice Lodha also spoke on the committee formed by the BCCI to look into the reforms and said, “This is an internal matter of the board, but how long can the board continue to stall reforms? Whatever objections or reservations they had were heard in court and only after that was the order passed. They can’t keep finding one excuse after another. Whether illegal or not, it is certainly against the spirit and soul of the court order.”