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SC accepts major Lodha panel recommendations, agrees to 'no ministers, 70-plus members in BCCI'

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New Delhi, July 18: The Supreme Court on Monday (July 18) pronounced its order on the issue of implementation of Justice RM Lodha panel's recommendations on massive structural reforms in Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

In it's ruling, the apex court has set a deadline of six months for the BCCI to implement a major recommendations proposed by Lodha Committee.

Supreme Court accepts Lodha panel's recommendations on BCCI

Following are the recommendations agreed by the SC:

  • Accepting major recommendations of Lodha panel, the SC bench has agreed on having no ministers, government servants, IAS officers to be part of the BCCI. And that the office bearers in the BCCI should not be beyond the age of 70 years.
  • The bench also accepted the recommendation that one person should hold one post in cricket administration to avoid any conflict of interest and scrapping of all other administrative committees in the BCCI after CAG nominee comes in.
  • To have CAG nominee in BCCI to ensure transparency in the world's richest cricket board's functioning.
  • SC accepted the panel's recommendations on One state One vote. However, Maharashtra and Gujarat allowed to have 3 and 2 associations, respectively, to have voting rights on rotational basis.
  • It accepted the panel's recommendation that there should be a player's association in the BCCI and the funding of players' association accepted while leaving it to the Board to decide the extent of funding.
  • SC has left it to Parliament to decide over legalising betting in cricket and whether BCCI's functioning be brought under RTI as recommended by the Panel.

Justice Lodha hails SC verdict:

Hailing Supreme Court's ruling, justice Lodha said, "It's a great day for Indian cricket and Indian sport, think cricket fans should rejoice the verdict of SC."

A bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice FMI Kalifulla rejected BCCI's objection against recommendations for one-state-one-vote and said that states like Maharashtra and Gujarat having more than one cricket associations will have voting rights on rotational basis.

The bench also requested the three-member panel, also comprising former apex court judges Ashok Bhan and R V Raveendran to oversee the transition of administrative structure in BCCI which has to take place within six months.

The apex court-appointed Lodha Committee had on January 4 recommended sweeping reforms and an administrative shake-up at the troubled BCCI, suggesting that ministers be barred from occupying positions, a cap put on the age and tenure of the office-bearers 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.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from agencies)

Story first published: Monday, July 18, 2016, 15:22 [IST]
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