Remove BCCI top brass, Lodha panel tells apex court

Krishnadas Rajagopal New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on September 28, 2016

Justice RM Lodha’s committee has said that the BBCI has put ‘impediments’ in implementing its recommendations   -  The Hindu

File photo of BCCI president Anurag Thakur (right) with secretary Ajay Shirke.   -  The Hindu

Supreme Court gives cricket body time till October 6 to respond

Former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha Committee on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to direct the "immediate" supercession of the current BCCI office-bearers for blatant violations of the July 18 Supreme Court judgment directing them to implement the panel's recommendations for transparency in cricket administration.

"BCCI thinks they are a law unto themselves. They are wrong. You behave like lords. Fall in line or else we wil make you," a Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S.Thakur warned the cricket body.

The court gave the BCCI time till October 6 to respond to the apex court-appointed panel's request to remove the top BCCI administrators from their posts and bring in a new crop who will "ensure the smooth transition from the old to the new system recommended by the committee".

In a 79-page report submitted in the Supreme Court today, the committee sought the court to declare all decisions taken by the BCCI found contrary to the Supreme Court verdict of July 18 to be "declared non est and ineffective".

It conveyed to the court that the BCCI has put "impediments" in the path of the implementation of the Lodha panel recommendations.

The focus of the status report is the AG held by the BCCI on September 21 at its headquarters.

The Lodha report said even the minutes of the meeting was not handed over to the committee.

The panel has found violations in several decisions taken in the meeting, including the unanimous election of Ajay Shirke as honorary secretary of the BCCI for the remaining part of the term; the appointment of the all-india senior selection committee (men and women); the authorisation of BCCI President and Secretary to appoint the ombudsman for 2016-17 as Justice AP Shah's term has come to an end.

The panel report has found fault with the meeting decision to let Mr. Thakur represent BCCI in the International Cricket Council and the Asian Cricket Council and the nomination of Maharashtra politician Sharad Pawar as alternate director in ICC meetings.

It questioned the decison to have Shirke to represent the BCCI in the CEC meeting of the ICC.

The report said the BCCI has gone back on its assurance to formally adopt the new memorandum ushering in transparency on September 28.

It said the Board has not even issued directives to the member associations despite express directions from the committee.

It said selectors of men, women and junior cricket were announced contrary to the norms of the Spureme Court verdict.

It said the BCCI undertaking for nomination to the post of BCCI Secretary is not in accordance with the norms approved by the Supreme Court.

The panel said all these violations have been committed while the review petition filed by the BCCI against the July 18 judgement has been lying with defects in the Supreme Court registry. No effort has been made to correct the defects and push the case for hearing.

Published on September 28, 2016
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