SC warns stern consequences to BCCI office bearers

 . Last updated on September 22, 2017, 2:18 PM
SC warns stern consequences to BCCI office bearers
Vinod Rai, Chairman of CoA said the heart, lungs and kidneys of the suggested reforms are already being taken out by BCCI.


In its next attempt to close the long-standing case of implementation of Lodha suggestions, the Supreme Court of India warned BCCI officials of consequences. Recently, the Committee of Administrators drafted a proposal for implementation of the Lodha Panel recommendations. Now the apex court wants the top officials of the board to review and suggest any new addition within three weeks. Within this stipulated time, the officials must reply to the Supreme Court regarding the new constitution. The Supreme Court is willing to discuss the issue of One-State One-vote, which is among the major cause of disagreements. The next hearing is on October 30 and the issue is expected settlements before it.

The fifth status report drafted by the CoA demanded the removal of top BCCI officials. The committee also pleaded the court to transfer governance, management, and administration to them. Earlier, Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke were stripped off their designation following the court's order. A show-cause notice was issued to the current office bearers following the status report, which referred them as non-complaint to Lodha recommendations. Thus, CK Khanna, Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhry are now entitled to explain the reason of the lapses in implementation of the Lodha suggestion.

Vinod Rai, the Chairman of CoA criticized BCCI's current state of affairs related to execution of the suggestions. He said, "the heart, kidney and lungs" are being taken out of the actual report. BCCI stated that the suggested reforms are impracticable opposing several features. The one-state one vote policy, number of members in selection committee, associate membership, age cap, tenure, cooling off period are all challenged. However, resisting these reforms would render the Lodha recommendations into nothing but a Sisyphean ordeal. Since, Justice RM Lodha suggested the reforms, BCCI as well as state cricket associations has been going through a turmoil fighting over against the reforms.

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