Lodha findings get Supreme Court nod; Ministers, Bureaucrats not allowed in BCCI

Monday, Jul 18, 2016,15:19 IST By metrovaartha A A A

* SC accepts major recommendations of Lodha panel on administrative changes in BCCI.
* SC mentions that states like Maharashtra and Gujarat having more than one cricket association will have voting rights on rotational basis.
* SC accepts recommendations to have CAG nominee in BCCI and that office bearers in BCCI should not be beyond the age of 70 years.
* SC accepts Lodha panel’s recommendation that there should be a player’s assocation in the BCCI.
* SC accepts Lodha Panel’s recommendation that Ministers and IAS officers are disqualified to be member of BCCI.
* SC accepts recommendation that one person should hold one post in cricket administration to avoid any conflict of interest.
* SC leaves it to Parliament to decide whether BCCI functioning can be brought under RTI as recommended by Lodha Panel.
* SC leaves it to Parliament to decide recommendation of Lodha panel for legalising betting in cricket.
A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice F M I Kalifulla had reserved its verdict on June 30 after a marathon session of over a dozen hearings. During the hearing which started in March this year, BCCI had been averse to some of the recommendations of Justice R M Lodha ledpanel and had objected to suggestions like one stateone vote, age and tenure cap on officebearers and CAG nominee on its board.
The apex court appointed Lodha Committee had on January 4 recommended sweeping reforms and an administrative shakeup at the troubled BCCI, suggesting that ministers be barred from occupying positions, a cap put on the age and tenure of the officebearers and legalising betting. Some of the state cricket associations, former players Kirti Azad,
Bishen Singh Bedi and cricket administrators also approached the apex court with regard to the implementation of Lodha panel recommendations in BCCI. The threemember panel, also comprising former apex court judges Ashok Bhan and R V Raveendran, had suggested that one unit should represent only one state, while taking away the voting rights of institutional and citybased units. It suggested restructuring of the BCCI’s administrative setup and proposed a CEO to run daily affairs of the Board who will be accountable to a ninemember apex council.
Among the most sensational suggestions of the Lodha panel was the one on legalising betting. It felt that the move would help curb corruption in the game and recommended that except for players and officials, people should be allowed to place bets on registered websites.
Among other steps, the panel said that to ensure transparency in BCCI’s functioning, it was important to bring the body under the purview of the RTI Act, something that the Board has vehemently opposed in the past citing autonomy.