The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Committee of Administrators (CoA), appointed by it to run the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to release funds to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) for holding the 4th India-Australia test that begins Saturday.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra further asked the CoA to release similar funds to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Jharkhand state cricket associations, which have organised the last three test matches of the ongoing series.
The court asked the CoA to honour the contract entered with the state cricket associations, so that there is “no impediment in holding of matches”.
With regard to Indian Premiere League (IPL) matches commencing April 5 in 10 venues across the country, the bench then said the CoA, state associations and franchise owners will have to comply with the terms of their tripartite agreement to ensure smooth conduct of IPL fixtures.
The direction came when Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Himachal Pradseh Cricket Association, said the CoA is not releasing Rs 2.5 crore required for conducting the last Test match beginning tomorrow in Dharamshala.
He said BCCI owed over Rs 8 crore to HPCA and the apex cricket body is “contractually bound” to release the money.
However, he said, the CoA had made disbursement of funds conditional to the HPCA giving an undertaking that it would abide by the RM Lodha panel’s recommendations on reforms.
On the issue of disqualification of office bearers, the bench clarified that a person who is an office bearer of BCCI for nine years is disqualified to hold further posts in the board. It said the same holds for the state cricket boards’ officer bearers.
The bench, however, said there is no bar for a person who has held office for nine years in BCCI from becoming a member of a state cricket association and vice versa.