Supreme Court defers final order on BCCI-Lodha case to October 17

Supreme Court defers final order on BCCI-Lodha case to October 17

Supreme Court defers final order on BCCI-Lodha case to October 17

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC1) suffered a big blow on Friday as the Supreme Court issued an interim order barring it from releasing funds to state associations. The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur had earlier given BCCI one day to give an unconditional undertaking that it would implement the Lodha reforms, failing which the court could pass a judgement surmounting to removal of the existing administration of BCCI and replace it with an independent court-appointed panel.

On Thursday, the Apex court had dismissed the BCCI's contention that its state bodies may not be amenable to various changes suggested by the Lodha Committee.

The Supreme Court could take cognisance of these events and decide to do away with the Maharashtra man for his continuance defiance of the precedents laid by the committee. Responding to the query, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing BCCI, said that Thakur was a cricketer.

The Lodha panel had said that the BCCI was defiant and was not implementing reforms.

Shetty was asked to file a personal affidavit enclosing the resolution which authorised him to make statements relating to the response made in pursuance to Lodha Committee report. At the moment, the matter is with the BCCI ombudsman and the Court refused to refer the matter to the Lodha committee.

However, the court found fault with the BCCI's position that it could not adopt the Memorandum of Association and Rules, a step that would signal it had adopted the Lodha Committee's recommendations, because of the "reluctance" of state associations to do so.

Sibal, at the outset, said the BCCI was obeying the recommendations of the Lodha panel and argued that the state bodies were not under the apex cricket body and they need to be persuaded to undergo the reforms. In fact, the Supreme Court also instructed that the Rs 16.72 crore that was disbursed to the state bodies following the September 30 SGM, too will not be spent till the they file an affidavit on reforms. On Thursday, it threatened to pass an order within 24 hours to stop all BCCI payments to the State cricket associations for hosting domestic matches, including the Ranji Trophy. "It is a very serious order", said the lawyer, after the apex court postponed the matter to October 17.

The Lodha committee also recommended that the selection committee should consist of 3 members, and thus Khoda and Paranjpe become very vulnerable.

"The resolution along with the affidavit undertaking to abide by the reforms has to be filed before the Lodha committee and also the affidavit has to be filed before this court", the CJI said while pronouncing the order.

While the submissions were being made, the bench remarked "not only there was a reluctance on their part but it appears they were doing it under some strategy".

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