BCCI vs Lodha panel: Why board’s legal committee head is angry

The BCCI has not consulted its legal committee at all on the execution of reforms suggested by the Lodha panel.

cricket Updated: Nov 04, 2016 21:12 IST
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Hindustan Times
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BCCI’s three-member legal committee headed by P. S. Raman wasn’t consulted by the president Anurag Thakur on Lodha reforms.(AP)

The legal committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India has remained a silent spectator even as the Board’s big bosses continue to disobey the Supreme Court on the implementation of the Lodha committee reforms.

In August, the BCCI hired the services of former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju to guide it during the Supreme Court hearings on Lodha reforms. The Board never consulted its own legal committee that is headed by senior lawyer P.S. Raman.

The Chennai-based Raman, a former Advocate-General of Tamil Nadu, is angry that neither BCCI president Anurag Thakur nor secretary Ajay Shirke consulted the three-member team on Lodha reforms. D. Somyajulu of Visakhapatnam and Abhey Apte of Pune are the other lawyers on the Board’s committee.

“We never had a single meeting on Lodha matters. Now, I am least bothered as I am a busy lawyer,” Raman told Hindustan Times on Friday, adding: “Other members of the committee also feel the same way.”

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According to sources, BCCI’s legal bill for the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal case was about Rs 72 crore. Yet, the BCCI ended up on the wrong side that finally saw the exit of Tamil Nadu strongman N. Srinivasan from both BCCI and ICC.

In recent weeks, the BCCI hired eminent lawyer and Congress MP Kapil Sibal to contest the Lodha reforms in Supreme Court. On Thursday, the BCCI missed the deadline to submit an unconditional undertaking that it will accept the Lodha reforms in full.

Raman and his team have refused to comment on the matter.

First Published: Nov 04, 2016 21:12 IST