The Supreme Court today accepted Lodha Commission recommendations for reforms in the functioning of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The SC has accepted the recommendation to put an age cap of 70 years for appointment of BCCI officials.
The landmark verdict is a big blow to politicians and bureaucrats as the apex court has accepted that no ministers and IAS officers should be appointed as a BCCI members.
The SC also accepted the recommendation to put a CAG nominee in the BCCI board to bring more transparency in the cricketing body.
The apex court has given BCCI six months to adopt the recommendations of Lodha panel.
As per the verdict, the Lodha panel will now oversee the transition of BCCI’s old regime to a new one in the next six months.
Reacting to the verdict, Justice RM Lodha told ANI: “Great day for Indian cricket and Indian sport, think cricket fans should rejoice the verdict of SC.”
Great day for Indian cricket and Indian sport, think cricket fans should rejoice the verdict of SC: Justice RM Lodha pic.twitter.com/zseIdqVGs0
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 18, 2016
“Sure that with the decision of Supreme Court out, BCCI will have the (recommendations) implemented at the earliest,” Justice Lodha said.
The apex court has, however, left it for the Parliament to decide whether the cricketing body should be brought under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act or not.
Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted, “I guess the BCCI was ready for this judgement since it was apparent that recommendations of the Lodha Commission would be accepted.”
I guess the BCCI was ready for this judgement since it was apparent that recommendations of the Lodha Commission would be accepted
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 18, 2016
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 a shake-up.