Even as the Supreme Court left it for Parliament to take a call on bringing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) within the ambit of the Right to Information Act, it said on Monday that no minister or government official can be an office-bearer of the national cricketing body.
The apex court also accepted the Lodha Committee recommendation for a nominee of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on the BCCI board.
Announcing the ruling, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur said a person cannot be simultaneously a office-bearer in a state cricket association as well as in the BCCI.
The top court’s ruling would affect BCCI president Anurag Thakur, who also heads the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).
Maharashtra and Gujarat, which have four and three associations, respectively, affiliated to the BCCI, will now have one permanent representative by rotation and others will be associate members, Chief Justice Thakur said.
However, the court refused to interfere with the BCCI in respect of awarding broadcasting rights and the funding of the state associations.
Giving six months to the BCCI to transit to a new regime, the court said the Justice Lodha Committee will oversee the transition.