The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to give an undertaking that it will implement Lodha Committee recommendations unconditionally or else it will have to pass orders on Friday.
The bench decided to reserve the matter for orders on Friday 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.”
“We will not waste our time in such matters when there are thousands of people languishing in jails only because their cases cannot be heard. You give to us an unconditional undertaking that you will abide by all directions of the Lodha committee…or we will pass orders,” the bench told Sibal.
Earlier in the day, the court asked the BCCI what compelled it to disburse Rs 400 crore to state associations on September 29 despite the panel’s direction not to release funds until reforms were in place. The sports body explained the disbursal was in terms of a November 2015 decision that came before the recommendations.
However, according to reports, it could not produce any documents to support the argument.
After a spot-fixing scandal in Indian Premier League (IPL) three years ago, the SC ordered a panel under former CJI RM Lodha to clean up the body and suggest changes.