SC postpones delivering order on BCCI-Lodha case to Oct 7

The SC was expected deliver its order on Justice Lodha Committee's plea today, seeking to replace the current BCCI officials for delaying the panel’s recommendations
Lodha, Anurag

The Supreme Court on Friday postponed its hearing on the BCCI vs Lodha Committee case until October 17. The apex court was expected deliver its order on Justice Lodha Committee’s plea today, seeking to replace the current BCCI officials for delaying the panel’s recommendations.

On Thursday, the SC had directed the BCCI to give an undertaking that it will implement Lodha Committee recommendations unconditionally. The bench decided to reserve the matter for orders after BCCI counsel Kapil Sibal said it would not be possible for the board to furnish an undertaking in a day.

The court asked the BCCI to either elect new administrators or seek time from the Justice Lodha Committee “to fall in line”.

Heading a newly constituted special bench, Chief Justice TS Thakur stated, “Lodha panel is not an ordinary panel. It is headed by a former CJI, if you have any outstanding issues, go to the panel.”

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today restricted the BCCI from releasing funds to 12 state associations if the body is not complying with the recommendations, media reports revealed.

The Court had earlier come down heavily on BCCI for disbursing Rs 400 crores to the state associations without any transparency, and knowing that those associations weren’t in compliance with the panel recommendations.

The Lodha panel was formed by the Supreme Court in January 2015 following the huge spot -fixing scandal in the Indian Premier league in the year 2013. The panel offered many recommendations to enhance transparency and accountability in Indian cricket administration.

After the spot -fixing scandal in 2013, BCCI had to witness the two-year ban of IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Besides the suspension of the franchises, the panel had also suspended Gurunath Meiyappan, team principal of CSK, and Raj Kundra, owner of Rajasthan Royals, for life from all cricket-related activities.