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Supreme Court puts off BCCI-Lodha Panel case till November 29

The Supreme Court has put off the case regarding Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) implementation of Lodha panel reforms till November 29

cricket Updated: Oct 30, 2017 17:17 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) is currently running the administration of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) is currently running the administration of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).(AFP)

The Supreme Court has put off the case regarding the implementation of Lodha panel administrative reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) till November 29.

The BCCI and several of its state units have repeatedly opposed implementing several key reforms like age and tenures caps, for which it has been rebuked by the top court.

The Committee of Administrators (COA), appointed by Supreme Court, is currently running the administration of the national cricket body. The top court appointed the COA at the helm of affairs to oversee the implementation of the Lodha Committee administrative and constitutional reforms.

4:59 PM: BREAKING! The case has been adjourned to November 29

3:50 PM: Former BCCI general manager MV Sridhar has died of a cardiac arrest, ANI reported Monday afternoon. He was 51. Sridhar had resigned from the BCCI post this September after he had reportedly failed to report a few conflict of interests. (Read full story here)

READ | BCCI’s obstinacy is making a mockery of the law

The following are the top 10 developments in the Supreme Court vs BCCI case:

1. On October 1, the BCCI in a press release stated that they have unanimously adopted “important recommendations” of the Lodha panel. However, the contentious recommendations like 70 year-age cap on administrators, nine-year tenure with cooling period after every term and the one state-one vote policy were rejected by the BCCI. Even the accepted recommendations were with “certain modifications”.

READ | Why BCCI is against implementing key Lodha panel reforms

2. On September 21, the Supreme Court warned BCCI of serious consequences for defying its order regarding implementation of Lodha panel reforms. It also asked the cricket body to give suggestions to COA for new Constitution. It added that it will reconsider the One State-One Vote policy, which the BCCI state units have objected to.

3. On August 23, Supreme Court came down heavily on the BCCI and asked the Committee of Administrators to draft a new constitution. The court also issued show-cause notices to Amitabh Chaudhary, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary and acting president CK Khanna and asked them to explain why the recommendations of the Lodha Panel report have not been implemented.

READ | BCCI faces Supreme Court ire, top cricket officials in firing line for defiance

4. In its status report, the COA blasted members of the BCCI for not complying with the Supreme Court order. “Whilst disqualified persons have been forced to demit office pursuant to the aforesaid order (Jan 2), they continue to remain associated with their respective state units in different capacities and are able to procure nomination as representatives to the SGM,” the status report said.

5. On January 30, 2017, the Supreme Court named a high-profile panel including former Indian women’s team captain Diana Edulji, historian Ramachandra Guha and Managing Director of Infrastructure Developement Finance Company Vikram Limaye. Vinod Rai, ex-CAG of India, was appointed head of the four-member Committee of Administrators (COA) that was given power to run the beleaguered BCCI.

READ | Supreme Court names Vinod Rai as BCCI boss; want clean cricket, says ex-Auditor

6. On Janury 2, 2017, The BCCI president Anurag Thakur and its secretary Ajay Shirke were sacked by the Supreme Court for failing to implement the reforms suggested by the RM Lodha panel.

READ | Supreme Court axes BCCI president Anurag Thakur; victory for cricket, says Lodha

7. On September 28, 2016, Lodha panel filed a report complaining Supreme Court regarding BCCI’s non-compliance of its orders. The committee wanted BCCI’s top officials to be “superseded”. Chief Justice Thakur wants BCCI “to stop behaving like Lords and fall in line.”

8. After the Lodha panel’s recommendations, BCCI appointed former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju to review it. Katju called the Lodha panel “unconstitutional and illegal.” The BCCI then filed a review petition in July.

READ | BCCI decides to go by Katju advice, set for Lodha faceoff

9. The Lodha panel sets BCCI two deadlines - September 30 to make constitutional changes and December 15 for the Board to form a nine-member Apex committee which will replace the working committee

10. On July 14, 2016, a two-judge Supreme Court bench, including then Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, asked a panel led by Justice RM Lodha panel to implement administrative reforms in BCCI. The panel suggested recommendations including age caps, tenure restrictions, one-man-one-post, one state-one-vote, among others. The reforms were recommended to apply to state units as well.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 14:14 IST

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