The Supreme Court on March 14, 2019 appointed senior advocate PS Narasimha as mediator for resolving various disputes related to cricket administration within the cricket body, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Narasimha will hear the BCCI's position, and then make recommendations to Committee of Administrators (CoA).
Narasimha is assisting the apex court as amicus curiae in the BCCI matter.
The apex court restrained all other courts in India from entertaining any matter pertaining to BCCI and state cricket associations.
Justice (retd) D K Jain assumed charge as Ombudsman of BCCI
A bench of Justices SA Bobde and A M Spare was informed by Narasimha that Justice (retd) D K Jain assumed charge as the Ombudsman of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The Supreme Court had in February 2019 named its former judge, Justice DK Jain, as the first court-appointed ombudsman for the BCCI.
Narasimha to look into matter of release of funds to states cricket associations
The apex court bench also asked Narasimha to look into the dispute relating to release of funds by the court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to various states cricket associations.
Narasimha will also address grievances of state cricket associations regarding the non-release of funds and make recommendations to CoA.
In the February 2019 hearing, the counsel appearing for state cricket associations had told the court that CoA has not released funds to them. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal had argued that for the last three years, "not a single penny has been given to the state cricket associations".
However, Senior Advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the CoA, had told the bench that funds were released directly to the respective vendors for the works done by them.
Members of Committee of Administrators (CoA)
The Supreme Court on February 21, 2019 appointed Lieutenant General Ravi Thodge as the third member of the CoA for BCCI.
In 2017, the apex court had appointed a four-member CoA, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai, to run the affairs of BCCI and implement the court-approved recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel. The other three members were - Diana Edulji, historian Ramachandra Guha and banker Vikram Limaye.
However, following the resignations of Guha and Limaye, the CoA was left with only two members.
The two-member CoA is presently working on several matters and both the members advocate difference in their opinions in several cases including the controversy involving cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul, who were rebuked for their alleged objectionable comments on TV Show 'Koffee with Karan'.
CoA chief Rai recommended a two-match ban on Pandya and Rahul, but Edulji took the matter to the BCCI legal cell which freed the players from the allegations and hence, the case was referred to BCCI Ombudsman.
Justice RM Lodha Committee submitted its report to Supreme Court