BCCI vs Lodha Panel: Supreme Court reserves the order

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NEW DELHI,17 October: After Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on Monday, the apex court reserved the order and sought a clear time frame to implement the Lodha Committee recommendations.

In an affidavit he pointed out that he did not seek a letter from ICC, rather sought clarification from cheif Shashank Manohar on whether the implementation of Lodha reforms including appointment of CAG nominee would interfere with the running of the Indian cricket board.

He denied any allegations claiming that he made any efforts to delay the implementation of Lodha penal recommendations.

The lawyer of BCCI, Kapil Sibal strongly defended the delay in the implementation of the Lodha recommendation for the benefit of the game– Cricket.

He pointed out that the “one state one vote” would lead to corruption and founding members should have the voting rights. He further said that the reforms were delayed mainly because of lack in 3/4th majority to implement the Lodha reforms. He urged the game of Cricket should be allowed to flourish and reinstating board is not a solution.

Earlier the apex court had granted a 10 days time break to Thakur to produce a personal affidavit regarding details of his conversation with ICC CEO David Richardson in connection with the Lodha panel’s reforms.

It was reported that Thakur had contacted ICC regarding appointment of a Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) member in the newly-formed apex council of the BCCI. As per the rules, the apex body should be free from government interference.

In his affidavit today Thakur denied the claim that he asked for any letter from ICC. He said he simply requested clarity on whether the Lodha reforms were a kind of “government interference” in the running of the BCCI. This was done during ICC’s financial review meet in Dubai on August 6-7.

In his affidavit, Thakur wrote:

“During the meeting with regard to the review of the constitutional provisions of ICC, I pointed out to the Chairman of the ICC, Mr Shashank Manohar that when he was the President of BCCI he had taken a view that the recommendations of the Justice Lodha committee appointing the nominee of the CAF on the Apex Council would amount to governmental interference and might invoke an action of suspension from ICC. I therefore requested him that he being the ICC Chairman can he clarify the position which he had taken as BCCI President and whether CAG appointment in the BCCI would amount to government interference.

“Mr Manohar explained to me at the meeting that when the stand was taken by him the matter was pending before this Hon’ble Court and had not been decided. However on 18.07.2016 this Hon’ble Court delivered its judgement on the matter. In the said judgement, this Hon’ble Court has rejected the submission that the appointment of of the nominee of CAG on Apex Council would amount to Governmental interference and had also observed that the ICC would appreciate the appointment as it would bring transparency in the finances of the Board.

I was satisfied with the reply given by Mr Manohar and the discussion was stopped at that.”

Wefornews bureau

 

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