SC accepts Lodha panel recommendations on structural reforms in BCCI

Jul 19, 2016 13:00 IST

Justice RM LodhaThe Supreme Court on 18 July 2016 accepted major recommendations of the Lodha Committee on reforms in BCCI including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 years of age from becoming its members.

However, the apex court left it to the Parliament to decide whether it should come under RTI and if betting on the game should be legalised.

The apex court also accepted the recommendations of the Committee headed by retired Chief Justice of India Justice R M Lodha to have a CAG nominee in BCCI.

On the other hand, the bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice FMI Kalifulla rejected BCCI’s objection against recommendations for one-state-one-vote. While rejecting BCCI’s concern it said that states like Maharashtra and Gujarat having more than one cricket associations will have voting rights on rotational basis.
It accepted the panel's recommendation that there should be a player's association in the BCCI.

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.

The court also left it to the Board to decide whether there is need for any changes in the existing agreement relating to broadcasting rights and whether a franchise member should be in the Board to avoid any conflict of interest.

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 4 January 2016 recommended sweeping reforms and an administrative shake-up at the troubled BCCI.

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