Supreme Court defers hearing on BCCI review petition: Here is what could happen next

Supreme Court is expected to deliver the reserved order soon, which could likely appoint an administrator to oversee implementation of Lodha reforms.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 21, 2016 3:16 pm
Supreme Court BCCI, BCCI Supreme Court, Supreme Court BCCI Lodha, Lodha Panel Supreme Court BCCI, BCCI Supreme Court BCCI, Cricket News, Cricket Anurag Thakur said on Monday that BCCI needs more time and clarity. (Source: File)

BCCI is set to receive another blow if the Supreme Court dismisses the review petition for the July 18 verdict in which the apex court accepted most of the recommendations made by Justice R M Lodha panel. The hearing on the petition was deferred by two weeks on Tuesday.

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If at all the petition is dismissed, when it comes up for hearing in two weeks time, BCCI will have a last technical option of filing a curative petition. The dismissal of the review petition is on the expected lines since the Indian cricket board is asking the same set of people to review the “unreasoned” judgment.

The BCCI had also contended that the judgment was “unreasoned” and “seeks to frame legislative measures for a private autonomous society in a field already occupied by legislations, both parliamentary and state”.

BCCI had further said the judgment authored by the CJI and Justice F M I Kalifulla (since retired) has “neither noted the contentions and facts correctly, nor dealt with the same”.

The reserved order now will be crucial and could be significant. BCCI has time and again emphasised that there are “difficulties and lack of clarity” in most of the reforms. BCCI president Anurag Thakur said on Monday that the board, and state units, need more time to implement these reforms.

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Now the ball is in the court’s court and they can well appoint administrators to oversee and enable implementation of the reforms suggested in the July 18 verdict. There is another possibility of the court allowing BCCI to implement them on their own, and give them a timeline for the same.

However, there is a very low possibility of the latter happening since the board has already violated the timeline given by the Lodha panel for reforms. It now remains to be seen whether the apex court appoints administrators or trusts the board to implement reforms on their own.