While one hand the Indian cricket team is conquering one nation after the other under the leadership of Virat Kohli, the tussle between Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators took another turn on Wednesday afternoon when the apex court issued a show cause notice against three BCCI office bearers including acting president CK Khanna and secretary Amitabh Chaudhary. The news was confirmed by ANI which reported that Amicus Curiae, Gopal Subramanian told SC’s 3 judge bench that BCCI hasn’t implemented anything from the 24 July order. The apex court also directed that the CoA shall prepare a draft Constitution with respect to the July 24, 2017 order. The Supreme Court also fixed September 19 as the next date of hearing.
This development comes days after the Committee of Administrators (COA) in a scathing 26-page report (with 174 pages of annexures) had asked the Supreme Court to remove the top three BCCI office-bearers including acting president CK Khanna and secretary Amitabh Choudhary, for non-compliance of Lodha Panel reforms. The removal by sought by two-member COA which includes Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji in their fifth report.
They had also asked the Supreme Court that the governance, management, and administration of the board should be handed over to them along with a professional group headed by CEO Rahul Johri till the elections are held. “It is clear that current office-bearers are not in position to make good on their undertakings and ensure that reforms mandated by this Hon’ble Court is implemented,” read the report which demanded the removal of Aniruddh Chaudhary along with CK Khanna and Amitabh Chaudhary.
The COA had also criticised the BCCI for failing to appoint an Ombudsman since Justice AP Shah’s tenure ended in September, 2016. It further added that there has been resistance to adopt a new fund disbursement policy as the addition of members would reduce the share of the existing units.