Lodha vs BCCI : Bouncer dismisses BCCI top brass, GK Pillai as interim observer?
The battle between the Justice R M Lodha Committee and the BCCI is heading to its climax. The BCCI has been unable to implement the reforms sought by the panel and the SC, and has time and again, offered excuses and expressed its unwillingness to reform itself.
Peeved by its repeated dilly dallying over the matter, the Lodha Committee filed its status report in the Supreme Court, recommending the appointment of former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai as the interim observer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. It wants the current set of office-bearers to be dismissed.
According to reports, Pillai has reportedly accepted the offer. The Lodha panel also suggested that Pillai be given the authority to choose his auditors. While the apex court did not take up the matter today, it posted the hearing to December 5.
It may be recalled that the panel, appointed by the Supreme Court and headed by the former Chief Justice of India, also has two other judges of the apex court. The court had in its interim order on October 21 directed the BCCI and its state units to submit affidavits pledging full implementation of the Lodha panel report to be allowed to use funds.
The court had, following a petition by the BCCI, directed release of funds to conduct the ongoing Test series against England. However, the cash-rich body had to postpone the selling of the long-term media rights for the Indian Premier League.
The BCCI, cricket’s richest board, has been at loggerheads with the Supreme Court-appointed panel over cricket reform in the country. And only last month, the apex court asked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and 13 state associations to implement the proposed reforms.
If the SC asks the current directive by the panel to go ahead, it could well mean the end of the BCCI and the end of the road for politicians cutting across party-lines, who despite being on different pages in Parliament, are all united to run the cash-rich BCCI and the IPL.