Lodha Committee report: 5 ways in which BCCI was rapped by the Supreme Court

By: | Updated: September 28, 2016 2:10 PM

The Supreme Court on September 28, slammed the BCCI for non-compliance of its directives on reforms in the national cricket body following the Lodha panel report which had accused the Board of defying orders on many occasions.

Lodha panel, RM Lodha panel, BCCI, Justice RM lodha commission, BCCI reforms, Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI corruption, Lodha BCCI, BCCI Lodha, financial expressThe Lodha panel had sought action from Supreme Court against the non-compliance of directives and asked for the removal of BCCI top brass including its president Anurag Thakur. (Source: IE)

The Supreme Court on September 28, slammed the BCCI for non-compliance of its directives on reforms in the national cricket body following the Lodha panel report which had accused the Board of defying orders on many occasions. The Lodha panel is a special bench which is headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur. The Lodha panel was made ensure that the BCCI reforms itself in adherence to the apex court orders. The Chief Justice of India gave BCCI a deadline of October 6 to submit explanations related to the reported non-compliance of court orders. The panel had sought action against the non-compliance of directives and asked for the removal of BCCI top brass including its president Anurag Thakur.

According to the Lodha panel report, the BCCI had stalled reforms at many places and was continuously violating the SC-issued directions. The panel accused the Board of ignoring court orders and the recommendations made by the panel. The recommendations were made, in the manner of conducting meetings, time mapping for reform introductions and the number of selectors. The counsel who appeared for the Lodha panel said BCCI was allegedly not replying to emails and other contacts and also was defying court orders, repeatedly. After the hearing, the apex court on Wednesday pulled up the BCCI, and asked it to “fall in line.” Here are a few ways in which the Supreme Court slammed the BCCI:

1. “Fall in line or the court will make you do it.”
The bench which comprised of Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said, “BCCI (people) are behaving like Lords. Fall in line otherwise we will make you fall in line,” the bench said, adding that, “BCCI is bringing the system to disrepute by not following the directions”.

2. “BCCI considers itself a law in itself.”
The bench said, “If the BCCI thinks that they are the law unto themselves, then they are wrong. They have to comply with the directions of the court.”

3. “The BCCI tactics are in poor taste.”
When senior advocate Arvind Datar who appeared for BCCI claimed to have complied and will comply with all directives, the bench said, “Law needs not to be defied. We are not happy about the things going on. We anticipated this approach from BCCI but this is not done. You will have to fall in line with the directions of the court.”

4. “Law cannot be defied. No difficulty in enforcing orders.”
Justice TS Thakur said: “BCCI, it seems, will go to the extent of defying court orders. We had been anticipating such disregard from the Board. We don’t appreciate such tactics by the BCCI. We have no difficulty in passing orders to make sure our previous orders are implemented.”

5. “Such disregard was anticipated.”
Justice TS Thakur said, “When the high-powered committee gives its report, we don’t expect this sort of conduct from BCCI.”

After having held its Annual general meeting on September 21, BCCI is scheduled to organise a general meeting on September 30. The Lodha committee had given two deadlines for the BCCI. To make constitutional changes the date was September 30 and to replace the current working committee with a nine-member committee the deadline given was December 15.

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