New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court, seeking a review against the verdict on implementation of the Lodha committee report on administrative reforms to clean up the country’s apex cricketing body.
Justice Markandey Katju, who has been appointed by the BCCI to advise on the implementation of the Lodha committee’s recommendations, has repeatedly expressed his reservations and called such practice as being “unconstitutional".
On 18 July, a bench comprising Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and justice Ibrahim Kalifullah gave the BCCI six months to implement the changes under the watch of a committee led by former Supreme Court chief justice R.M. Lodha that had recommended a shakeup of the country’s most powerful—and richest—sports body.
Under its ruling, the court upheld the “one state, one vote" formula recommended by the Lodha committee in its report.
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This meant that states with more than one cricket association, as in the case of Gujarat (Saurashtra, Gujarat and Baroda) and Maharashtra (Mumbai, Maharashtra and Vidarbha), will have voting rights on a “rotational basis"—one at a time.
The SC order barred serving civil servants and ministers from being on BCCI’s board or that of their respective state associations.
The court also accepted a recommendation which stipulated that office-bearers of the BCCI must not be over 70 years of age. This would also apply to state associations, ruling out several current members.
However, the apex court did not take a stand on another contentious issue, legalization of betting, which was again a key recommendation of the committee.
The Lodha committee, comprising Lodha and former Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R. Raveendran, was set up by the apex court to clean up the BCCI following the 2013 Indian Premier League betting and spot-fixing scandal.