The Supreme Court on August 8, 2018 approved the draft Constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and granted full permanent membership to the Railways, the Tri-Services, and Association of Indian Universities among others.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, asked the Registrar General of Tamil Nadu Societies to bring on record the approved BCCI constitution within four weeks.
It directed the state cricket associations to adopt the BCCI constitution within 30 days and warned them that non-compliance would invite actions.
Restores the voting rights of the cricket associations
The apex court also modified its earlier order on the 'One State, One Vote' policy for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) members. The judgment restored the voting rights of the cricket associations of Gujarat and Maharashtra including Baroda, Saurashtra, Vidarbha and others.
The court restored the BCCI’s permanent membership to the Mumbai Cricket Association, Vidarbha, Vadodara, Saurashtra, Universities and Railways.
The court ruled this while citing the historical existence and contribution of these cricketing bodies in the rise and growth of cricket in India.
The ‘One State, One Vote' policy was recommended by the R.M. Lodha Committee. The Lodha panel was formed in January 2015 in the wake of the justice Mukul Mudgal Committee report that called for reforms within the BCCI.
Some of the recommendations of the panel have led to disagreement between the Lodha committee and the BCCI. These recommendations were - one vote per state, one person-one post, age cap for office-bearers, and the cooling-off period.
Cooling-off period and disqualification of the BCCI office-bearers
Dealing with the issue of cooling-off period and disqualification of the BCCI office-bearers, the bench ruled that every office-bearer would have to go through a cooling-off period after holding a post in the board for two consecutive terms.
The age-limit of office-bearers (70 years) and the tenure caps (three terms of three years each) and the cooling off period (three years between successive terms) have been continuously objected by the BCCI and its state associations.
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