Terming the Justice R M Lodha committee report on an overhaul of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) as “straight, rational and understandable”, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that the cricket body has no choice but to “fall in line” with the recommendations and there will be “no second chance”.
“These recommendations deserve respect. They are straight, rational and understandable. They have come from the most illuminated and respected members of the legal community. They have done extensive deliberations with all stakeholders… There is no reason to disagree with the committee… Fall in line and save the trouble,” Chief Justice T S Thakur told BCCI.
Granting four weeks’ time to the board to respond on the implementation of the recommendations of the Lodha panel, the bench made it clear that since ample opportunity was given to all stakeholders over a long period and their views were taken into consideration before preparing the final report, there should not be any difficulty in accepting the recommendations. The bench gave the BCCI time till March 3, the next date of hearing, to respond to the panel’s report.
The observations came after senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, representing the BCCI, said there was a need to consult the 30-odd members of the board on the recommendations and in view of its legal committee’s meeting on February 7, four weeks be allowed to respond.
“They all have been heard and have given their views to the committee. Ask your client to take a strict view of the recommendations. You can’t jump the gun… Decks must be cleared for complete reform,” the bench said while accepting the panel’s report that also exonerated former IPL chief operating officer Sunder Raman of all charges.