New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed former judge, Justice D.K. Jain, as the first ombudsman under the new constitution of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI). The court directed Justice Jain, whose name was acceptable to all parties, to assume charge as soon as possible.

Justice Jain was the first choice among six former apex court judges whose names were before the court.

A bench comprising Justices S.A. Bobde and A.M. Sapre also slammed the committee of administrators (CoA) for airing their differences in public. “We, accordingly, appoint Justice (retired) D.K. Jain as first ombudsman in the BCCI," Justice Bobde said.

The BCCI’s new constitution was approved by the apex court on 9 August with certain modifications. The court had directed state cricket associations to adopt the BCCI constitution within 30 days and warned them that non-compliance would invite action in accordance with its earlier order.

To resolve differences the court had appointed a third member of the CoA in the judge’s chambers in the presence of amicus curiae P.S. Narasimha. It was of the view that the reconstituted CoA, in consultation with the amicus curiae, could decide on the issue of release of funds to state associations.

The state associations of Maharashtra and Kerala had told the court that they were not being allocated funds from the BCCI and CoA in spite of adoption of the new BCCI constitution.

In January 2015, the apex court had appointed a committee headed by retired Justice R.M. Lodha to suggest reforms for the BCCI as well as to determine punishment for those guilty in the IPL spot-fixing case.

(With PTI inputs) 

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