SC rejects BCCI review petition on Lodha reforms
The BCCI versus Lodha reforms panel battle has taken another turn as the BCCI suffered a big blow with the Supreme Court dismissing its review petition to look into the verdict passed by the court in the Lodha panel logjam. The embattled cricket board had asked the court to consider a review of the verdict passed on July 18 where the judiciary body had accepted recommendations made by the Justice Lodha-led panel.
The panel made a wide range of suggestions for the BCCI to implement, including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 from becoming its members; one state-one vote; cooling-off period as the three points of major contention.
In the order passed on July 18, the court had okayed the reforms suggested by former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha-led panel, which had made widespread ideas to improve the administration of the game in the country and make it cleaner. Some of the most important reforms are one state-one vote, one person-one post and a 70-year age limit for office bearers.
But in the months since, the BCCI have been reluctant to implement these three important recommendations while the board accepted small reforms at its recent Special General Meeting (SGM).
The court, during a hearing, decided to consider imposing monetary sanctions on the BCCI until the board implements the reforms mooted by the panel. The court reserved its orders on issues such as fixing a limit on money the BCCI could use, and seeking the Lodha panel’s approval for all financial contracts and agreements.
The court also has an option to appoint independent administrators in place of the current officeholders but that plan has been considered as an “extreme option”. The court had barred the BCCI from handing funds to state associations with some state bodies disallowed from using these funds.