In the response to CoA's latest status report, the Supreme Court of India has summoned the top office bearers of BCCI for the next hearing. Acting President CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary are issued summon notices. On September 19, the date of next hearing, they will have to explain the reasons of their failure to implement the Lodha Panel’s suggestion. In the status report, BCCI’s Committee of Administrators suggested removal of the office bearers citing their failure and adamancy to comply with the rules. The report also cited the whopping amount paid to these officials without any palpable output in return.
BCCI’s office bearers were removed by the CoA stating the three designations as ‘cease and desist’ from continuing. The board will undergo fresh elections and it will be supervised by the Committee. As suggested in the report, CEO of BCCI, Rahul Johri will take the complete charge of the board until the new office bearers are elected. In contrast, the Supreme Court, restraint the removal of the top officials and ordered them to continue with their designations. In fact, the office bearers, earlier, submitted written statements to the apex court ensuring the implementation of Lodha recommendations. This is reason, the court has summoned them again to explain their failure to attain the objectives.
CoA will also draft the new constitution of the BCCI as directed by the Supreme Court. The two-member panel, Vinod Rai, and Diana Edulji will draft the new constitution as per the approved reforms. An interim order was passed by the court to implement the reform as far as they are practical. In the SGM meeting BCCI agreed to implement five reforms approved by the court, but the CoA complaint that the board did only selected the reforms that comply with their motives to remain largely unchanged.
Meanwhile, BCCI wanted Supreme Court to reconsider five recommendations. These are: Membership status, disqualification of office bearers based on age cap, tenure and cooling off period, power of Apex Council and the strength of the national selection committee.
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