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Supreme Court to decide on Lodha Committee recommendations on Monday

It has been a long-drawn case with the BCCI officials and the majority of its member state associations taking a stubborn approach over the Lodha Committee recommendations.

cricket Updated: Oct 29, 2017 22:00 IST
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Vinod Rai will submit a draft of the new BCCI constitution in front on the Supreme Court.(PTI)

The Indian cricket fraternity will be following with keen interest Monday’s Supreme Court proceedings over the implementation on the Lodha reforms in cricket administration.

It has been a long-drawn case with the Board of Control for Cricket in India officials and the majority of its member state associations taking a stubborn approach over the restructuring of their administrative structure.

Under instructions from the Court, the Committee of Administrators (CoA), led by Vinod Rai, has submitted its draft of the new constitution to the Supreme Court, one that includes the acceptance of the Lodha reforms. But it was met with opposition from BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, who suggested to the court that certain clauses of the Rules & Regulations be deleted from the new constitution.

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In its order of September 21, the Court had asked the BCCI office-bearers to respond to the Draft Constitution, include the suggestions of the Lodha committee in its entirety, co-operate or face serious consequences.

Khanna and Chaudhry have taken extracts from the Court’s original order on July 18 on the aspect of protection given to the State associations by the Constitution of India. The apex court is expected to look into the office-bearers’ suggestions in Monday’s hearing.

Khanna and Chaudhary have suggested that all amendments proposed by the CoA on their own volition or otherwise, that seek to amend the Constitution of the BCCI as contained in the Justice Lodha committee report and as accepted by the Hon’ble Supreme court with certain clarifications and modifications, be removed.

The state associations have also filed several review petitions, opposing the newly drafted constitution for the BCCI stating that it could destroy the game itself. The associations from Maharashtra (barring Vidarbha) and Gujarat want the Apex Court to reconsider the one-state one-vote policy, which would cost them their voting rights. In the Lodha panel’s recommendation over ‘one state one vote’, the three bodies each in Maharashtra and Gujarat will enjoy voting rights on a rotation basis, relegating associations like the Mumbai Cricket Association to an associate member of the board.

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Cooling off period after every three years and a maximum term of nine years for the cricket administrators (separately in the State and BCCI office).

“It is going to be a big day if the Court approves the Lodha recommendations,” said a BCCI expert.

“The BCCI lawyers will place their reservations over a few things and the Court may approve it with some modifications like the one-state and one vote,” he added.

According to experts, the Apex Court may wait for one more hearing before delivering the final verdict.

First Published: Oct 29, 2017 22:00 IST