SC slams BCCI over funds allocation, 11 states received no money in 5yrs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 05, 2016 16:29 IST
File photo of BCCI President Shashank Manohar along with BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur. (PTI )

The Supreme Court on Monday slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), saying its mandate is to promote cricket in the country but it has not done anything to develop it.

Earlier in the day, the BCCI presented a report in the SC on its plans to implement the recommendations made by the panel headed by retired chief justice RM Lodha in order to prevent sporting frauds and conflict of interests, and streamline their functioning.

The Lodha Panel was set up in January 2015 by the apex court to determine appropriate punishments in those accused in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal. The three-member committee, comprised of Lodha, and retired Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R Raveendran.

BCCI also presented detailed audited accounts statements of the board’s disbursement to the states in the last five years which showed that the allocation to 11 states (out of 29) was zero.

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The SC questioned the BCCI’s allocation of funds to the states and said that the funds were distributed like a ‘mutually beneficial society’ without any rationale.

“The BCCI must have distributive justice. Why are the 11 states penniless? Why should these states go begging?” the top court asked.

Chief Justice TS Thakur asked if Gujarat gets Rs 66 crore then why should the northeastern states get only Rs 50 lakh.

“The impression one gets is that once the BCCI gives money to state boards without any rationale for spending, they in a way corrupt them,” he said.

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