After presenting his first report slamming the Justice RM Lodha Committee directives on August 6, former Supreme Court judge, Markandey Katju, had promised a final version with lot more to come.
However, the BCCI, which had hired him to counter the Apex Court-appointed panel, has distanced itself from Katju. “BCCI requested me some months back to give advice and submit a report. But after my first report, nobody from the BCCI has been in touch with me,” Justice Katju told HT.
Katju caused a flutter with his sharp comments against the judiciary at a media conference, where he also declared the Lodha committee ‘unconstitutional’.
“There is a broad separation of powers under the Constitution and each organ of the State, the executive and the judiciary must have respect for the others and must not encroach in each other’s domain,” he had said in his report.
That had suggested that the Board, vehemently opposed to implementing the sweeping reforms suggested by the Lodha panel in full, will use the former judge to counter the Supreme Court panel.
BCCI had passed a resolution in August to constitute a one-man commission headed by Justice Katju, who was requested to advise BCCI on the Supreme Court’s July 21 order. It had also authorised him to interact with the Lodha committee though the Supreme Court panel refused to entertain him.
“I was supposed to submit more reports but I am yet to hear from the BCCI,” he said. The Lodha committee had said his appointment went against the Supreme Court verdict.
Some BCCI officials are critical of the manner in which Katju presented its case in the media and felt his report has done more harm than good. “Katju was a wrong choice. I don’t know who took that decision but it was bad advice,” a BCCI official said.
Justice Katju and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke made the report public at a media conference in Delhi on August 7.