BCCI top officials that include President CK Khanna, Secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry are facing the music of current hiatus in implementation of the Lodha recommendations. In a late response, The Supreme Court directed the appointed Committee of Administration to strip the top officials off their designation immediately. In a written statement, the apex court commented the three office barriers have failed to implement the Lodha Panel recommendation. It stated, the office barriers gave a written record to the court back in January on the possibility of implementation, but it could not come up with the solution.
Earlier, Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke, the president and the secretary of BCCI respectively, were removed from their designations in a similar manner. In fact, the issue went up to a condition of possible contempt of court against Thakur, for not complying with the SC order. It was decided in the time of next appointment that the next group of officials must implement the recommendations within 6 months. Recently, in their latest status report the CoA clearly stated that the current office bearers are “not in a good position” to implement the Lodha suggestions.
In fact, the status report created by the CoA stated the requirement of the removal. It stated, “there is a need to direct that existing office bearers of BCCI shall forthwith cease.” The next election of BCCI is scheduled for September. This time, the election will be “exclusively” under the CoA. After the removal of the top order, the “governance, management and administration” of the board will be under CoA. The committee will work with close tandem with CEO Rahul Johri to implement the recommendations. Vinod Rai, the Chairman of CoA said he could not bring any result on his attempt to build a consensus. The latest report cited several instances of disobediences by the top office bearers.
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