Supreme Court defers hearing BCCI review plea on Lodha reforms
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday deferred hearing a review plea brought by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against an order directing the board to implement the Lodha panel recommendations to revamp cricket administration in India.
The hearing was postponed by two weeks after an in-chamber hearing by a bench headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur. It will be taken up for an in-chamber hearing on 2 November.
BCCI approached the court seeking a review of an order passed on 18 July, under which the board was given six months to implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha committee.
On 7 October, BCCI was barred from disbursing funds to state cricket associations until they implemented reforms suggested by a court-appointed panel. The court also directed BCCI president Anurag Thakur to file an affidavit clarifying if he had asked ICC to write a letter stating that the appointment of the Lodha committee amounted to government intervention.
To ensure implementation of the reforms, BCCI had appointed retired justice Markandey Katju to interact with the Lodha panel.
Time and again, BCCI has been in defiance of the courts’ orders which have called for strict compliance with the reforms. Among others, it has opposed and refused to implement the “one state, one vote” formula, age cap for office bearers, and the ban on civil servants being part of BCCI’s board.
The Lodha committee, comprising former chief justice of India R.M. Lodha, and former Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R. Raveendran, was set up by the apex court to clean up BCCI following the 2013 Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal.
Key recommendations of the Lodha panel include a “one state, one vote” formula that would restrict states with multiple cricket associations, such as Gujarat and Maharashtra, to one vote. The panel recommended a ban on civil servants and ministers serving on BCCI and state associations and an age limit of 70 for office-bearers.