Lodha panel seeks appointment of GK Pillai as BCCI observer

Lodha panel in its latest report to the Supreme Court has recommended removal of all BCCI top brass in violation of the norms it has set.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 21, 2016 10:40 pm
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In a suggestion that could affect cricket in the country, the Lodha panel has recommended to the Supreme Court that all BCCI office bearers not meeting with the norms set in the reccommendations be removed from their post. The committee further suggested that ex-home secretary GK Pillai be appointed as observer to oversee operations of the cricket body.

The committee sought a declaration that all office bearers who are in violation of laid down norms with regard to 70 year age cap, citizenship and tenures, “cease to hold office forthwith”.

The report has said Pillai, as observer, should conduct the crucial task of appointing auditors for awarding BCCI contracts including that of the upcoming IPL such as the media rights which has been halted amid the hiatus.

The report submitted on Monday to the Supreme Court suggested these radical changes in light of the BCCI’s reluctance in implementing the Lodha panel reforms which are aimed at cleansing the sport in the country and making things streamlined.

However, over the months, BCCI has remained defiant in its approach that all the reforms suggested cannot be implemented in toto with one state, one vote and age and tenure reforms the biggest reasons for contention.

The committee was put in place by the Supreme Court after the IPL betting scandal brought the game into disrepute.

The apex court had last month given BCCI and 13 state associations till December 3 to implement the reforms proposed by the Lodha panel and had stopped disbursal of funds until compliance. Recently, Hyderabad cricket association chose to implement the Lodha reforms in toto including calling for elections at its general meeting.

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First Published on: November 21, 2016 5:09 pm
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    Vasudevan.Venugopalan
    Nov 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm
    Cricket is the only brahmin game since it doesn't require as much protein as other games and therefore no need to eat beef. Lodha is trying to destroy the prospectus of future generations of brahmin Rip Van winkles. That is highly deplorable and Lodha should be encountered by Delhi Police.
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      Chai
      Nov 21, 2016 at 9:56 pm
      LOL!
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        Akhil Jha
        Nov 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm
        Now BCCI will go to DUBAI and play matches in Sarjah AS stan does...BYE BYE lodha PANEL ..
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          Anil
          Nov 21, 2016 at 4:35 pm
          Is there any specific reason, for recommending G.K.Pillai ? Though I do agree, that BCCI needs a mive clean-up.
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            Deshu
            Nov 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm
            Let us not take drastic action against BCCI but give them chance to reform.If RTI is allowed to be applied it then 70% of cleaning BCCI is being done.However BCCI should not be given chance to treat Indian Cricket as सोने का अंडा देने वाली मुर्गी.
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              Pramod Kumar
              Nov 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm
              It is good recommendation Of Justice Lodha (Retd),lt;br/gt;Reason is he choose correct and most Honest officer of country,whose record was evidence for it i.e. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;when He was holding Joint Secretary North-Eastern Council portfolio in Ministry of Home ,His w tenure he was not allowed anybody to missuses of single rupees from North-Eastern council's Crore's Rupees fund despite of lot of political pressurelt;br/gt;.I am witness of it. it is his quality. lt;br/gt;I am not conected to him or not a contractor, but I was observed his activity continuous when he was in that chair in the North Block Ministry of home.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;His Additional Secretary was Mr Shenoy was there and Secretary to North-Eastern Council Shilong Mr Herbert Syiem.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Therefore Lodha picked up correct person for curb BCCI's irregularity tactics and bring down ego that they are above of all, nobody can stop us.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Well wishes to Gopal Krishna Pillai.
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                Gopal
                Nov 21, 2016 at 10:58 pm
                First it was the politicians who wanted to run cricket (remember Sharad Pawar) and now it is the judges who want a piece of the action. In the process, they have destro both the law and propriety. Even better, it creates a job for them post retirment. The Indian judiciary, the most unreformed and colonial of all insutions, wants to reform everybody but themselves. There is plenty of corruption all around, including cricket, but have they looked at themselves, where rot is deeper than anywhere else.
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                  H.Balakrishnan
                  Nov 21, 2016 at 12:43 pm
                  How about NaMo 'demonetising' this extra consutional Lodha Panel ? It has become a painful body
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                    NArayan
                    Nov 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm
                    why Pillai???
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                      NArayan
                      Nov 21, 2016 at 3:19 pm
                      why Pillai???
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                        Indianajones
                        Nov 21, 2016 at 1:43 pm
                        SC has plenty of time when it comes to glamorous issues, and does the work quite fast too. No adjournments! lt;br/gt; Why do we have to employ retired beauraucrats and judges only in such positions? Don't we have sufficient talented non beauraucrats and non judges in this country?
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                          JACON
                          Nov 21, 2016 at 12:31 pm
                          AGREE, we have excellent ex players who have done the country bets and they must take up these and others....IT WILL BE GOOD FOR CRICKTER OF THE PAST TO BE HEADING THE BCCI and not others, DONT FORGET WE NEED ALL SUPPORT AS WELL
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                            Sontrina Hutalalay
                            Nov 21, 2016 at 3:42 pm
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                              jugnu Singh
                              Nov 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm
                              How can we be so sure that the recommendations of Lodha panel will cure the disease? This way retired judges can take over all sports and cultural bodies one by one. Is it in the national interest. Sports bodies should be with sportsmen and not retired judges and/or retired civil servants? From where has the name of GK Pillai cropped up? Why not have an open selection from amongst ex-Cricketers?
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                                pawan
                                Nov 21, 2016 at 12:39 pm
                                Well SC should not waste time as there are much needed litigants waiting to be heard and they should dissolve and act on Lodha panel without any more delay.
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                                  Namasivayam.N
                                  Nov 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm
                                  BCCI is the painful body. Not the Justice Lodha panel.
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                                    Pinna
                                    Nov 21, 2016 at 6:09 pm
                                    Lodha must accept the blame for ruining the game of cricket.
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                                      Rakesh Katyal
                                      Nov 21, 2016 at 5:07 pm
                                      How will a bureaucrat be better than the existing lot ? What about the plan to handover to ex players. As usual the courts are creating more problems than solving them. Actions are high on judges ego, that's about all.
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                                        S.T.CHANDRASEKHAR Babu
                                        Nov 21, 2016 at 6:17 pm
                                        What are the exact terms and references of lodha committee ? has it enlarged its brief by itself? let somebody give details of it.
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                                          ProdyotPran
                                          Nov 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm
                                          Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble and Srinath will be good choices for an ad-hoc body to run the BCCI.lt;br/gt;Pillai can be its chief administrator.lt;br/gt;He has a proven track record, loves shouldering challenging responsibilities, an excellent bureaucrat and a great human being.lt;br/gt;Pillai can add discipline to BCCI.
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                                            ProdyotPran
                                            Nov 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                                            Wait, wait, wait, kindly wait.lt;br/gt;Kindly don't appoint Pillai for the time being.lt;br/gt;Consider Kejriwal first for the job.lt;br/gt;:-P
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