BCCI vs Lodha: SC to pass order on Friday

BCCI has refuted allegations of non-compliance with Justice RM Lodha-led panel's recommendations, saying that "records of 40 mails" exchanged with Justice Lodha will be submitted before the apex court
Lodha, Anurag

The Supreme Court on Thursday has agreed to examine the Justice Lodha committee’s plea to supersede the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s top functionaries and replace them with a panel of administrators, media reports said.

The India’s cricket board refuted allegations of non-compliance with Justice RM Lodha-led panel’s recommendations, saying that “records of 40 mails” exchanged with Justice Lodha will be submitted before the apex court.

“Records of 40 mails sent to Justice Lodha will be submitted to the court. It is not true that we didn’t respond to committee’s mails,” the BCCI said in its response.

The top court court demanded transparency from the BCCI on money disbursement to state associations. “You can’t transfer Rs 400 crore overnight,” the SC told BCCI.

A Special Bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur is hearing the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha-led committee’s recommendations on Thursday to expel the entire top brass of the BCCI.

Former Indian cricketers Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan have come out in support of India’s premier T20 competition ahead of Lodha panel hearing.

Harbhajan Singh said IPL is one of the best things to happen to Indian cricket, maybe to world cricket too.

Pathan said, “Unfortunate to see & hear what is being said about BCCI, and how it’s talked about. BCCI takes great care of all cricketers. IPL gives a lot of opportunities and financial support to a lot of cricketers and a lot of other people.”

Former wicket keeper Pathiv Patel, in defence of BCCI, said: “IPL has changed Indian cricket for good, we learned so much from veteran world and national players.”

Earlier, the court had given the BCCI time till October 6 to respond to the panel’s request to replace the current lot of BCCI administrators from with a new crop who will “ensure the smooth transition from the old to the new system recommended by the committee”.

The committee has sought the court to declare all decisions taken by the BCCI found contrary to the SC verdict of July 18 to be “declared non est and ineffective”.

The Lodha panel was formed by the Supreme Court in January 2015 under Chief Justice of India RM Lodha and retired Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R Raveendran. It was formed following the a huge spot -fixing scandal in the Indian Premier league in the year 2013.

The panel, according to Indian Express, has been quite adamant with its directives, and, hence, the BCCI had to witness the two-year ban of IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) and now the looming doubt over the cancellation of the current India-New Zealand series.