Supreme Court likely to deliver verdict on BCCI-Lodha panel today

The Apex Court is likely to deliver a damning verdict against the BCCI for non-compliance with the Lodha panel's recommendations.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: October 18, 2016 12:43 pm
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The Supreme Court will likely pronounce an order at 1 PM in Justice RM Lodha Committee’s plea, seeking to replace the current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) brass for impeding the panel’s work to usher in transparency and accountability in Indian cricket administration. At the moment, the matter is with the BCCI ombudsman and the Court refused to refer the matter to the Lodha committee. There won’t be any relief to the Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) either with the body looking to be recognised by the BCCI – and unable to do so.

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The court decided to pass an order on the implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations on Friday after the BCCI counsel declined to give an unconditional undertaking on Thursday that it will seek instructions to stop funds to state bodies and abide by the committee’s recommendations.

The BCCI on Thursday, however, faced the wrath of the apex court for its defiant attitude in implementing the directions of the Lodha committee to reform cricket in the country. The court also rebuked the cricket body for hurriedly disbursing around Rs 400 crore to state bodies.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said that BCCI’s defiant attitude will not lead anywhere. It further emphasised that transparency, fairness, and objectivity were most important aspects in all decisions including disbursal of funds by BCCI.

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The bench said that BCCI cannot pass the buck and allow state bodies to defy reforms.

The court on Thursday called on BCCI not to belittle the Justice RM Lodha-led committee and directed it to resolve “any outstanding issues” with the panel.

Chief Justice T.S. Thakur stated, “Lodha panel is not an ordinary panel. It is headed by a former CJI. If you have any outstanding issues, go to the panel.”

The apex court observed that “either BCCI elects new administrators or the Lodha panel gives more time to BCCI to fall in line” and asked the cash-rich cricket body “will you implement the Lodha Committee recommendation or not?”

Earlier in the day, the BCCI in its response in the court had refuted allegations of non-compliance with the Lodha panel’s recommendations, saying that “records of 40 mails” exchanged with Justice Lodha would be submitted before the apex court.

“Records of 40 mails sent to Justice Lodha will be submitted to the court, not true that we didn’t respond to Committee’s mails,” the BCCI said in its response.

Last week, the Lodha committee had submitted its status report with the Supreme Court, accusing the BCCI of defying the apex court’s orders and stalling its proposed reforms. It also recommended the ouster of the entire top brass of the cash-rich cricket body.

In its report, the panel had stated that the BCCI was not implementing its recommendations aimed at reforming the country’s cricket governing body.

The move came after the BCCI appointed a five-member selection committee during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 21, which was in violation to the Lodha panel’s guidelines.

Tearing into the BCCI for ignoring the directions of the Lodha panel, the apex court had given the cricket governing body time till October 6 to respond to the panel’s report.

In its October 1 Special General Meeting, the BCCI had accepted many of the “significant recommendations” of the Lodha Committee, however, it excluded the important ones which have been bone of contention between the cricket body and the Lodha Panel.

The recommendations, which have still not been accepted by the 30-member committee, include one-state, one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, continue with the five-selectors and keeping to retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.

Defending its action, the BCCI said, “a meeting comprising all members took place, and several recommendations of the Lodha Committee were rejected by voting”.

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    NArayan
    Oct 7, 2016 at 8:28 am
    the same CJI forced the office bearers of Karnataka HC employees housing society to allot a plot to him, though he was not an employee of the Karnataka HC and so not enled to it... Doesn't this amount to corruption??? remember adarsh housing scam?? the political cl didn't question him coz of obvious reasons...the HC employees did not question him coz he was the boss...public did not question him coz he starts crying and he holds a position equal to the almighty.... It'll be interesting if NDTV doesn't moderate this comment...
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      NArayan
      Oct 7, 2016 at 8:25 am
      we see what we want to see...we hear what we want to hear...we believe what we want to believe..lt;br/gt;the same CJI forced the office bearers of Karnataka HC employees housing society to allot a plot to him, though he was not an employee of the Karnataka HC and so not enled to it...lt;br/gt;Doesn't this amount to corruption??? same as adarsh housing??lt;br/gt;the political cl didn't question him coz of obvious reasons...the HC employees did not question him coz he was the boss...public did not question him coz he starts crying and he holds a position equal to the almighty....lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;they have valid reasons for holding themselves unaccountable and above law...
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        NArayan
        Oct 7, 2016 at 8:25 am
        we see what we want to see...we hear what we want to hear...we believe what we want to believe..lt;br/gt;the same CJI forced the office bearers of Karnataka HC employees housing society to allot a plot to him, though he was not an employee of the Karnataka HC and so not enled to it...lt;br/gt;Doesn't this amount to corruption??? same as adarsh housing??lt;br/gt;the political cl didn't question him coz of obvious reasons...the HC employees did not question him coz he was the boss...public did not question him coz he starts crying and he holds a position equal to the almighty....lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;they have valid reasons for holding themselves unaccountable and above law...
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          rb
          Oct 7, 2016 at 7:59 am
          ''The court also rebuked the cricket body for hurriedly disbursing around Rs 400 crore to state bodies.'' does anyone care about the 400 crores.. SOME PEOPLE ARE SO SO SICK OR ARE BEING PAID By BCCI to create this negative propaa for LODHA PANEL. He is the one who dares to clean cricket .. so you need to be STRICT and POWERFUL TO CLEAN THEM. BCCI HAVE JUST LOOTED PUBLIC MONEY FROM AGES. WAKE UP INDIA !
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            Bunty
            Oct 7, 2016 at 8:03 am
            Don't Fix what is not broken !! The Supreme Court seems to have never heard this saying. Out of all sports in India, Cricket is the only one that doesn't need funding from government, has developed infrastructure on its own and has a team that world champion. But the judiciary has picked up only cricket to be cleaned up, not the IOA, Boxing, or for that sense any other sports body. Most of the recommendations are impractical and arbitrary. Instead of ridding the corruption, it will break the cricket structure in India. Judiciary should focus on improving the justice delivery system, rather than interfering in Legislature and Executive every time. The CJI says he is forced to intervene as other two have failed in their duties. Even Judiciary has failed with more than 2.5 crore cases pending in courts. Going by CJI's logic, other two should also start intervening in Judiciary.
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              mumbikar
              Oct 7, 2016 at 9:42 am
              get the politicians out, sacked for life !!!!
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                Desi
                Oct 7, 2016 at 9:43 am
                NDTV will not moderate your comment as this is Indian Express site
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                  nagarajan.r
                  Oct 7, 2016 at 7:44 am
                  SC is in judicial over reach mode. There has to be give and take; using sc's stature to steam roll decisions bodes ill for the country.
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                        S. Gowrishankar,
                        Oct 7, 2016 at 7:22 am
                        This is a stupid court not the supreme court. LODHA PANEL IS A FARCE. SO WHAT IF HE WAS THE CJI BEFORE? SO WHAT? IF YOU PUT A DONKEY AS A CJI, IT CAN ALSO CLAIM THE SAME STATUS? LODHA COMMITTEE IS GIVEN UNNECESSARY IMPORTANCE AND TEETH BY THE IC COURT. GOD HELP THIS COUNTRY.
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