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Lodha Panel submits report on BCCI reforms in Supreme Court

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The three-member committee comprising Justice (Retd) RM Lodha, Justice (Retd) Ashok Bhan and Justice (Retd) RV Raveendran is expected to recommend a host of reforms for BCCI.

Trying to rebuild its tattered image after a spate of controversies, the BCCI is waiting anxiously for the Justice Lodha Committee’s report which is set to recommend a host of reforms for the cricket body today.

While the three-member committee comprising Justice (Retd) RM Lodha, Justice (Retd) Ashok Bhan and Justice (Retd) RV Raveendran has submitted their report to the Supreme Court, the BCCI will be keenly watching the proceedings as to whether the Apex Court makes the recommendations binding or not.

There are reports in some quarters that the panel may recommend that politicians should not be part of the Board which is run as a society registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.

The executive functionaries are all honorary office-bearers with most of the top state cricket associations being run by either a politician, or a bureaucrat or a heavyweight industrialist. Barring former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who is the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president and Dilip Vengsarkar, vice-president of Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), none of the top cricketers are running the show in state units.

The second contentious issue that probably will be dealt with in the report is the ‘Conflict of Interest’.

The committee may also suggest making IPL a separate private limited company under section-8 which has to reinvest all its profits.

Among the major points on governance structure, it needs to be seen if the all-powerful working committee may be done away with suggestions about having a paid Board of Directors.

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Delhi Gymkhana Club fights MCA attempts at control, NCLT reserves order

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New Delhi, May 27 : A host of disgruntled members, who lost elections, and applicants, who were denied membership, including a former high ranking member of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), launched a tirade against one of the oldest club in India, said the Delhi Gymkhana Club fighting back a petition by MCA seeking its managements control.

The Centre, through an urgent petition moved by MCA, had alleged “fraudulent and rampant mismanagement” by the general committee of the club, besides others, and sought to take over the management control under section 241 and 242 of the Companies Act, 2003.

The club has refuted MCA’s allegations that the affairs are being mismanaged by its general committee. The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has reserved the order on the matter.

The club said many disgruntled members’, including Krishna Varma and others, complained against it after having lost the election. Responding to the complaint of Navrang Saini, former high-ranking member in the MCA, the club said it is facing the heat from MCA, after it denied him membership. The club termed MCA’s letter recommending filing a petition against it a “lazy job”.

The written submissions, filed by advocate Gaurav Liberhan on behalf of the club, argued that the MCA merely repeated the word “fraud” several times in its petition, yet it failed to establish fraud.

“Fraud must be specifically pleaded, and the manner of the fraud has to be specifically brought out in the pleadings. This allegation is bereft of pleadings and even otherwise there is no fraud,” argued Liberhan, insisting it is a company by the members and for the members. An outsider to the company even otherwise had neither any locus nor any right to interfere in the internal management of the company, he added.

The club insisted that the MCA failed to establish what is the public interest involved and how the affairs of the company are being run prejudicial to public interest. Citing an authority letter, which was used to file the petition, it said the club letter shows no application of mind or formation of an opinion and it is simply a poor cut and paste job/direction of the Inspector.

“The club functions in terms of its Objects and there is absolutely no misuse of the land for which it holds a perpetual lease under a valid document,” argued the club.

Responding to the membership row, the club said the applicants’ money is refundable on demand and since the monies have been given voluntarily by the applicant, without any promise of time for grant of membership to the applicant by the club, the question of payment of interest does not arise.

The club argued that the present General Committee (GC) is duly elected by its members and all the allegations in the MCA’s petition relate to a period prior to the present GC got elected and since there is no other prayer in the petition, the same ought to be dismissed outright.

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Tamil Nadu govt should present new budget for FY21: MK Stalin

According to Stalin, many small scale units have been closed for over 60 days due to lockdown and workers have lost their jobs.

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Chennai, May 27 : The Leader of the Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly and the DMK President M. K. Stalin on Wednesday demanded the Tamil Nadu government present a revised budget for FY21 considering the revenue impact due to the coronavirus spread.

In a statement issued here Stalin said the estimates and allocations announced in the state budget for 2020-21 presented in the Assembly on February 14, this year has all changed now owing to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

As a result, the state budget has to be redrawn, he added

Stalin said question mark hangs over the state’s estimate of its own tax revenue of Rs 1.33 lakh crore for the FY21 out of total tax revenue of Rs 2.19 lakh crore.

According to Stalin, many small scale units have been closed for over 60 days due to lockdown and workers have lost their jobs.

He said it is imperative to reassess the budget 2020-21 presented earlier and draw a new one.

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Record 792 cases in 24 hours in Delhi, toll crosses 300-mark

As per the Delhi Health reports, 15 new deaths were added to the tally taking the total COVID-19 toll in the national capital to 303.

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New Delhi, May 27 : The coronavirus cases count in the national capital witnessed a record jump of 792 in a day, taking the total tally to 15,257 and the death toll reached 303, the Delhi Health Department said on Wednesday.

Out of the total cases, 7,690 were active, it said.

As per the Delhi Health reports, 15 new deaths were added to the tally taking the total COVID-19 toll in the national capital to 303.

The Health report said that the cumulative death figures refer to those fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be the infection, as per the report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of the case sheets received from various hospitals.

“Total 792 new cases were reported and the positive cases in the city reached 15,257. At least 7,264 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far in Delhi while 7,690 cases are active,” the Health Department said.

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