BCCI faces SC wrath for defiant attitude towards reforms

Supreme Court reserved its order against the BCCI for its non-compliance of the Lodha committee recommendations.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 7, 2016 3:45 pm
Supreme Court, SC, SC BCCI, BCCI, BCCI vs Lodha panel, Lodha panel, Justice RM Lodha, Justice Lodha, BCCI news, sports, sports news, cricket news, cricket Justice Lodha (right) heads the panel looking into clean-up process of BCCI. (Source: Express file photo)

Supreme Court on Thursday asked BCCI to implement directions of Lodha committee for reforming the cricket body or the Court will be forced to take hard steps and pass necessary orders. The court is likely to produce an order in this regard on Friday if the BCCI fails to comply with the undertaking required.

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The court pulled up the cricketing body for its payment to the tune of Rs 500 crore to state associations without due process and transparency especially with some of the local bodies not complying with the law. The apex court took exception to BCCI’s plea that state associations are not under it. “People want money from you and you say they don’t want to reform; stop giving funds to such state bodies,” said the Court to BCCI.

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With their backs against the wall, BCCI’s representative in Court declined to give undertaking not to disburse grant to state bodies & abide by all directions of Lodha panel.

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The court stressed on the need for transparency by BCCI in its disbursement of funds and has asked it to stop doing so without due nod by the Court. Supreme Court underlined that what BCCI earns is public money that must be used transparently. It added that BCCI can’t give money to state associations which don’t comply.

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The court and Amicus Gopal Subramanian also came down heavily on Justice Markande Katju who was appointed as the common face between the Court and the BCCI. Subramanian said Katju took advantage of being an ex-Supreme Court judge in his running of things. “I have never seen a former judge of the Supreme Court holding press conference and making remarks about sitting judges of this Court,” he said of Katju.

He also asked the Court to initiate civil and criminal contempt against BCCI.

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The Court also questioned the BCCI officials’ qualifications to run the board after Kapil Sibal, appearing for the BCCI, said Anurag Thakur – the board president – is a former Ranji Trophy player. To which the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur quipped, “We are all cricketers here. I was captain of the Supreme Court team.”

Amicus Curiae Subramanium also recommended administrators of impeccable integrity must be placed to initiate reforms in the BCCI. “Interim board must be set up to implement the recommendations,” he said.

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    Sirius
    Oct 6, 2016 at 7:01 pm
    So SC is squeakingly clean ? Recall the 'blood money' judgement in Uphaar, failure of cry-baby-cji to answer Justice Chelameswar's genuine concerns on lack of transparency and collusive behavior in collegium ?
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      T DUTTA
      Oct 6, 2016 at 3:39 pm
      WHY BOARD OF CRICKET CONTROL OF INDIA REGISTERED UNDER TAMIL NADU SOCIETY ACT?--------
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        T DUTTA
        Oct 6, 2016 at 3:51 pm
        headquarter of bcci was never in tamil nadu---WHY BCCI IS REGISTERED UNDER TAMIL NADU SOCIETY ACT?
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          T DUTTA
          Oct 6, 2016 at 3:42 pm
          there are so many ex national cricketers in parliament--KIRTI AZAD, CHETAN CHAUHAN, SACHIN TENDULKAR, NAVJOT SIDHU, MOHD AZARUDDIN--WHY NONE OF THEM IS IN CRICKET ADMINISTRATION?
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            Gopal
            Oct 6, 2016 at 12:38 pm
            This is nothing short of a court takeover of cricket. I think that we should shut down cricket. The courts have gone far beyond the law and their authority. The courts make demands of everybody while preventing all attempts at reforming the collapsed judicial system. Notice that by these antics, court has taken our attention away from the crores of cases piled up, the repeated adjournments and the corruption that pervades how dockets are created and taken up.
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              chauhan
              Oct 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm
              aii politician businessmen should be removed and oliy players should be only criteriya for office bearears for BCCI state bodies
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                Manzoor
                Oct 6, 2016 at 12:53 pm
                BCCI has been given another chance to correct himself.
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                  mohan
                  Oct 6, 2016 at 12:46 pm
                  While the Suprement court is on overdrive in bcci matter it is playing a charade in cauvery matter not having the spine to tackle karnataka government which is setting a precedent for not obeying SC. The tmc water quantum from 9000 to 2000 reduced on periodical basis and SC is spineless and clueless about it while it is acting with amazing alacrity on BCCI! lt;br/gt;We have adopted world standards for our banking, companies act, stock exchanges, hospitals, IT but judiciary still likes to be run by the archaic rules! Judiciary wants transparency and control on everything except their own fiefdom! Shame Shame!
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                    Jayaraman Nagarajan
                    Oct 6, 2016 at 2:35 pm
                    Tamilnadu Societies Act is a Kamadhenu for BCCI. Cow is slaughtered - Public money is squandered and all mal practices continued. IPL a branch of BCCI a single man controlled media rights and vanished. lt;br/gt;Cow is a domestic animal and continue to give milk. So BCCI can think of continuing loot if Supreme Court lets them free
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                      Raider
                      Oct 6, 2016 at 11:44 am
                      Hahahaha.... now where is Anna Hazare BCCI don't want to accept the country's Supreme Court's suggestions that means the corrupt BCCI members don't want to obey the court. BCCI members need the corrupt practices to go on and anti-corruption crusader Annaji is silent with present govt openly supporting corruption in the country.
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                        Sunil Shejwalkar
                        Oct 6, 2016 at 2:08 pm
                        Thakur vs Thakur tomorrow and its going to be interesting.
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