Implying to the need of an absolute revamp in the cricket administration in the country, the Supreme Court has asked the BCCI to “fall in line” with the recommendations of Justice Lodha committee report. The committee has submitted its report to the court last month.
The bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur said the recommendations are “straight, rational and understandable” and “deserve respect” and “there is no reason to disagree with the committee” which has the most “illuminated and respected members of the legal community”.
The court has also made it clear that there should not be any difficulty in accepting the recommendations, as ample opportunity was given to all stakeholders over a long period and their views were taken into consideration before preparing the final report. This remark was in reply to senior advocate Shekhar Naphade who represents BCCI, said there was a need to consult the 30-odd members of the Board on the recommendations and in view of its legal committee’s meeting on February 7, four weeks be allowed to respond.
Sending a strong message, the bench which also comprised Justice F M I Kalifulla said: “The best thing is to fall in line and follow the suggestions to save the trouble”.
“Your members have been wielding power for long… The match is over. There will be no second innings here,” Chief Justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur made the Supreme Court’s resolve clear to the top cricket body.
When Naphade said several technical problems would arise in implementing the recommendations of the committee as BCCI is registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, the bench said it would give the solution for following the suggestions.
“We will find an easy solution. We have simple solutions. We will accept all recommendations. We will say that since BCCI has difficulties and impediments in respecting and implementing the recommendations, we will direct the same committee to push all recommendations. They will tell you where to get the registration. We will ask the judges (in the committee) to help BCCI in implementing the recommendations.
Seeing the Court’s seriousness in the matter, Naphade said “I can see the writing on the wall.”
The bench said there was not much complication in the recommendations and if BCCI found any anomaly it can be looked into.