Supreme Court curtails BCCI’s financial powers, independent auditor to scrutinise accounts

The apex court also said 'not a single penny' should be given to state associations of the BCCI until they comply with the recommendations of the Lodha panel.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: October 21, 2016 3:13 pm
BCCI, lodha panel, supreme court, RM lodha panel, BCCI account, BCCI corruption, BCCI news, anurag thakur Supreme Court came down hard on the BCCI with regard to the Lodha panel recommendations

Severely curtailing BCCI’s financial powers, the Supreme Court Friday said the cricketing body cannot enter into contracts above a monetary ceiling that will now be fixed by the Lodha panel. The court said the panel would fix a limit on monetary value of contracts and that BCCI would have to seek its approval if it wants a contract relating to media rights, ground rights etc above the fixed limit.

The court imposed this sanction after noting that the BCCI has failed to comply with the recommendations mooted by the Lodha panel on reforms.

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The bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur further restrained BCCI from disbursing funds to state associations until they pass resolutions on implementation of the panel’s recommendations.

BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke have been asked to show up before the Lodha panel and show their compliance with the recommendations. Besides, they also have been asked by the bench to file detailed affidavits in the court enumerating the specific recommendations they have accepted and also those they have not implemented yet.

Further, the court had asked the Lodha panel to appoint an independent auditor to scrutinise all accounts of BCCI and submit a report with the panel. The bench said a copy of this order should be sent to the ICC for their intimation about the developments.

The court order may impact several future tournaments, including the IPL, where BCCI requires to enter into agreements to lend various rights.

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  1. S
    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm
    And you want more privileges ? Maybe you want consutional positions 'reserved' for your kind ? Maybe those not following 'only true religion' should pay money to your kind, and should not be allowed to be educated or trained in warfare ? Go on, speak up , lay your preferences out ...
    1. P
      Oct 21, 2016 at 10:16 am
      All bhakts like you supporting BCCI which has defied SC. What a shame
      1. V
        Oct 21, 2016 at 1:17 pm
        How is that the boss of the government, the President of India, accepting this travesty ? Why this throttling of a sports organization? Exactly, what is the particular so-called reforms, that BCCI and sports organisations find difficult to comply? Why? What are the personal interests of judiciary and committee that make them chase with almost single- minded devotion against cricketing body, which is one of the world's most successful sports bodies in the world.? Which disgruntled elements are behind this apparent witch-hunt?
        1. P
          Oct 21, 2016 at 3:16 pm
          Modi makes rules. SC just implements them. Ask Modi to make BCCI immune to the Indian Consution. I am sure SC will follow that new book
          1. P
            Oct 21, 2016 at 3:16 pm
            My bladder is full
            1. V
              Oct 21, 2016 at 6:35 am
              We have so many sports bodies running on tax payers money where financial irregularities are of much higher scale. Atleast BCCI is not being funded on tax payers money.
              1. A
                Oct 21, 2016 at 7:33 am
                BCCI should implement Lodha Committee reforms asap.
              2. A
                Ajit Kumar
                Oct 21, 2016 at 7:29 am
                BCCI managed by leaders of different political parties consider themselves above any law. These leaders are so arrogant that they even don't bother to follow SC's directives till they are pushed to the wall and left with no alternative, as observed in the case of BCCI and Karnataka ( water sharing with Tamilnadu ).
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