The Supreme Court will pronounce its judgement on a batch of petitions challenging Justice Lodha Committee recommendations today.
If the Supreme Court’s past orders and directions during hearing in the case are taken into consideration, one can except some tough decisions, which may help weed out deep-rooted corruption in India’s top cricketing body.
Justice Lodha committee was set up to probe into the spot and match fixing scandal that rocked 2013 version of the Indian Premier League.
While probing, the panel found that betting and match fixing were “deep-rooted” diseases, and hence the entire cricketing body needed reform.
The panel recommended several measures, including a cap on the upper age limit for BCCI officials and not allowing chargesheeted persons to become BCCI office holders.
“… Betting, match-fixing were deep rooted diseases. It is the root which has been found by the committee. The disease (in BCCI) was so deep rooted that it could not have been healed with medicines. It needed proper diagnosis and a surgery which was important. Hence a competent committee of dedicated, committed and honest doctors was formed to do it,” the court observed during hearing earlier.
While the apex court had ordered BCCI to adopt Lodha panel recommendations, the cricket body decided to move against the order, citing “anomalies and difficulties” in implementing the recommendations.
With the final order to be announced today, one can hope an end to the legal battle and also the start of a new era in cricket in India.
“The SC order would mark the beginning of ‘achhe-din’ in Indian cricket. We are hoping that the apext court verdict will be strong and pave way for cleaning the cricket adminstration marred by corruption in India,” petitioner Aditya Kumar told Times Now.
If the SC orders the implementation of Lodha panel recommendation in totality, the current BCCI chief Anurag Thakur may face the axe as he is chargesheeted in a case in Himachal Pradesh.
“If SC accepts the recommendations then Thakur will have to leave,” said Kumar.
(With agency inputs)