Supreme Court picks former CAG Vinod Rai to head BCCI’s four-member panel

BCCI CEO and all other BCCI officials concerned with the board’s daily affairs will have to report to the administrators.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: January 31, 2017 10:06 am
bcci, bcci administrators, bcci panel of administrators, bcci administrators panel, bcci supreme court, bcci sc, bcci lodha, lodha panel, lodha reforms, lodha reforms bcci, supreme court cricket, cricket news, sports news The panel of administrators will be led by former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai. (Source: Express Archives)

In less than a month after it removed BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke from their posts, the Supreme Court Monday appointed a four member-panel of administrators to manage the affairs of the cricket board and report on whether it has complied with the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.

The panel of administrators will be led by former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai, and have historian Ramchandra Guha, career banker and IDFC managing director Vikram Limaye, and former women’s Test cricketer and captain Diana Edulji as its members.

The administrators will take over the management of the BCCI, which was being conducted by the board’s CEO under the orders of the court while the panel was being constituted. Henceforth, the CEO and all other BCCI officials, concerned with the board’s daily affairs, will have to report to the administrators.

Observing that it wanted a “professional set of administrators”, a bench led by Justice Dipak Misra picked the four names from the lists adduced by amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium and Anil Divan and by the counsel for BCCI and state cricket associations.

The court virtually rejected the names of persons above 70 years of age, as suggested by the amicus, and also turned down, for now, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi’s plea to give a specific role to the Secretary of the Union Sports Ministry in the administration.

“Our judgment said no government official…(can be appointed as BCCI administrators). We will not go beyond our judgment at this stage,” said the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, as it declined to entertain the AG’s submission. The AG was representing Railways, Services and Association of Indian Universities, which have lost their status as full-time members and consequential voting rights in the BCCI.

It entrusted the panel of administrators with the task of ascertaining whether the BCCI has complied with the 16 point-recommendations of the court-appointed Lodha panel and if so, to what extent.

“We will go step by step. We will ask the administrators to examine which all recommendations have been complied with by the BCCI…and also those which have not…we will ask for a report from them within four weeks. For smooth administration of cricket, the administrators will have to look into how many recommendations have been complied with and also reasons why some of them was not followed,” said the bench, fixing the matter in March for further hearing.

The court clarified that the BCCI CEO will report to the panel of administrators, who will oversee all the affairs of the cricket body. “Let us see how sanguinely the BCCI has adhered to the recommendations of the Lodha Committee and then we will move forward…the judgment has to be implemented,” it added.

BCCI is currently without a president and secretary after Thakur and Shirke were removed by the top court on January 2. The court had also issued show-cause notices asking why contempt and perjury proceedings not be initiated against Thakur. According to the court’s order of July 18 last year, most BCCI office-bearers were ineligible to carry on and the Lodha panel had asked the court to remove them.

About the role of the Lodha Committee after appointing the administrators, the bench said the panel will still be in place and functional. The court said it might need their assistance in case of policy matters and if some “typical situations” arise in the future.

The court also allowed BCCI officials Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhry, along with Limaye, to represent the cricket body in the ICC meeting scheduled in the first week of February to discuss fiscal matters.

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    Atri Chatterjee
    Jan 30, 2017 at 5:36 pm
    What exactly are Ramchandra Guha and Vikram Limaye supposed to do here ? And surely there were better choices to be made than Diana Eduljee ? Vinod Rai seems to be the flavour of the month. He is already heading the BRB. Are there no other competent administrators around ?
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      Chanchal
      Jan 31, 2017 at 5:51 am
      Will it be any better under a retired bureaucrat ???
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        T DUTTA
        Jan 31, 2017 at 6:31 am
        CRICKET HISTORIAN ENTERS HISTORY
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          hard
          Jan 31, 2017 at 6:00 am
          Ramachandra Guha is a half politician and 1/4th historian
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            Sankaran Krishnan
            Jan 31, 2017 at 3:15 am
            Good job done and hope the Administrators will bring Professionalism in BCCI affairs and thus make it an transparent one in their deals be it with State Boards or with ICC. As far as selection of teams it is already with Selectors and they are doing their jobs well and one need not worry and it is the functioning of BCCI which is in turmoil and that has to be set right and hope the present team picked by the Court will do their job diligently and wish them all the BEST !!!
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              manian
              Jan 31, 2017 at 7:31 am
              All the panel members are eminent in their respective domains, but what sort of service they can render to cricket, SC should introspect.
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                M.P.Rao
                Jan 31, 2017 at 4:18 am
                Politicians had a hey day sofar in cricket administration in the country and the Supreme Court has now put a stop to this exploitation.Selection of former CAG known for his integrity is very good for cricket in particular and country at large in general
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                  Anand Ch
                  Jan 31, 2017 at 12:47 am
                  Who will pick up players ? Historians or accountants ?
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                    Rabindra Nath Roy
                    Jan 31, 2017 at 10:13 am
                    Seems at last a golden era of Cricket and followingthis other spotrts would see the new dawn. Politicians had made the sports their den and used money and pwrquisites to their political advantage. Supreme court must be congratulated that the all efforts even at this hour to induct the Govt. bureaucrat in the name of asking for role in the BCCO failed. What good Mr. Amit Shah the President of BJP would be doing bneing the President of Gujrat Cricket ociation? Anurag Thakur being a law maker elected from Himachal Pradesh a BJP man and son of former CM of HP could be so heinous as to lie to the Supreme court in order to misguide the Judges is a crime and he must be given a exemplery punishment to make such people ldeter committing such criminal acts in future.
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                      r
                      Jan 31, 2017 at 6:38 am
                      Nice article, very good comprehension
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                        r
                        Jan 31, 2017 at 6:39 am
                        very good comprehension, no over exposure.
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                          Shafted mohammed
                          Jan 31, 2017 at 3:50 am
                          That means there would be a strict audit and thus lot of crooks in BCCI would be caught. Ab to BCCI ka chiwda bana diya and now appoint ranjit sinha also a member to make this chiwda in biryani.
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                            shit australian
                            Jan 30, 2017 at 6:58 pm
                            ehduje is like pig
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                              Krishnamurthy
                              Jan 31, 2017 at 6:26 am
                              Former CAG is ok. but Guha?. Some one like Prof Vaidhyanathan economist should have been considered.
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