SC cracks the whip; bars BCCI from giving funds to state associations
In a final move to rein in defiant BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), the Supreme Court on Friday barred it from releasing funds to state associations until it passes a resolution to implement the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee.
Chief Justice of India TS Thakur had earlier criticised the cricketing body for transferring Rs 400 crore to its state associations, saying it should have exercised transparency in disbursing the funds.
The ruling came a day after the board, told the court that state associations had failed to put in place reforms proposed by the panel headed by former CJ RM Lodha.
“No funds to be disbursed by the BCCI unless a resolution accompanied by an affidavit which is approved by the Lodha committee is passed by state associations,” said Thakur, who is presiding over a bench hearing the case.
The apex court had earlier instructed the board to follow the committee’s recommendations, for bringing transparency into its operations and financial dealings.
On September 30, the BCCI met in Mumbai and a majority of its members voted against accepting the Lodha recommendations, such as amending its Constitution. But the court didn’t take that lightly.
“The sequence of events that have taken place since 18th July, 2016, and referred to in the status report prima facie give an impression that BCCI has far from lending its fullest cooperation to the Committee adopted an obstructionist and at times a defiant attitude which the committee has taken note of and described as an impediment undermining not only the Committee but even the dignity of this Court with several statements and actions which according to the committee are grossly out of order and may even constitute contempt,” the order stated.