Supreme Court accepts BCCI reforms, gives it 6 months

RSTV Bureau

Supreme-Court-of-IndiaOn Monday the Supreme Court accepted major recommendations of the Lodha Committee to reform the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

The cricket board will no longer have ministers and civil servants or anyone above the age of 70 becoming its members. However, the apex court left it to Parliament to decide whether it should come under RTI. It also left for the Parliament to decide whether betting should be made legal.

The apex court also accepted the recommendations of the Committee headed by retired Chief Justice of India Justice RM Lodha to have a CAG nominee in BCCI.

A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice FMI Kalifulla rejected BCCI’s objection against recommendations for one-state-one-vote and said that states like Maharashtra and Gujarat that have more than one cricket association, will have voting rights on rotational basis.

The court accepted the panel’s recommendation that there should be a player’s association in the BCCI but how and to what extent the players’ association should be funded, will be decided by the Board.

The bench also accepted the recommendation that one person should hold one post in cricket administration to avoid any conflict of interest. It also accepted that all other administrative committees in the BCCI will be scrapped after CAG nominee comes in, as recommended by the Lodha panel.

The Supreme Court also left it to the Board to decide whether there is need for any changes in the existing agreement relating to broadcasting rights and whether a franchise member should be in the Board to avoid any conflict of interest.

The bench also requested the three-member panel, also comprising former apex court judges Ashok Bhan and R V Raveendran to oversee the transition of administrative structure in BCCI which has to take place within six months.

The apex court-appointed Lodha Committee had on January 4 recommended sweeping reforms and an administrative shake-up at the troubled BCCI, suggesting that ministers be barred from occupying positions, a cap put on the age and tenure of the office-bearers. He panel had also recommended that betting in cricket should be legalised.

Some of the state cricket associations, former players like Kirti Azad, Bishen Singh Bedi and some cricket administrators had also approached the apex court with regard to the implementation of Lodha panel recommendations in the BCCI.

(With inputs from PTI)