The Supreme Court today, came down hard on the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), asking the cricket body to give an undertaking that it will implement the Lodha Committee directions unconditionally. “Will you implement the Lodha Committee recommendations or not?” the court asked, adding that if BCCI fails to do so then SC will have to pass orders. The apex court has given the BCCI a one day deadline, to come back with a response.
Asking BCCI to “stop all disbursements to state associations”, SC said, “Don’t pay money to associations that don’t fall in line and are not accepting the reforms. They have no right to demand money.”
During the hearing in the apex court, Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramanium sought the replacement of BCCI top brass. Lodha Panel told SC that BCCI is subverting the judicial process and is not keen on reforms. Seeking supersession of BCCI top officials, the Lodhan Panel told SC that the body has misled the panel.
On its part, the Supreme Court observed that BCCI’s supersession request seems warranted. “Lodha Panel’s request must have been forced by BCCI’s stance. It appears that the BCCI is not willing to accept Lodha Panel’s recommendations,” the court said.
The BCCI, in its response in the Supreme Court, has refuted allegations of non-compliance with Justice RM Lodha-led panel’s recommendations, saying that “records of 40 mails” exchanged with Justice Lodha will be submitted before the apex court. “Records of 40 mails sent to Justice Lodha will be submitted to the court. It is not true that we didn’t respond to committee’s mails,” the BCCI said in its response.
Last week, the Lodha committee had submitted its status report with the top court, accusing the BCCI of defying the apex court’s orders and stalling its proposed reforms. It also recommended the ouster of the entire top brass of the cash-rich cricket body.
Since the time Supreme Court formed the Lodha Panel, it has been giving nightmares to BCCI. The panel, put down some recommendations for the BCCI to implement over a certain period of time. This move was made to make the working of the world’s richest cricketing body, more transparent. The Lodha Panel was basically formed when there was a huge match-fixing scandal in the Indian Premier league in the year 2013. The panel has been quite adamant with its directives, and hence the BCCI had to witness the two-year ban of IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) and now the looming doubt over the cancellation of the current India-New Zealand series.
(With inputs from Agencies)