The BCCI submitted the first compliance report to the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha as…
HT Correspondent, New Delhi:The Supreme Court will hear the BCCI’s response to the Lodha Committee’s
report that sought the ouster of the board’s top brass, including president Anurag Thakur, for non-compliance of its recommendations.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has denied disobeying the apex court order to bring changes in the organisation in accordance with the RM Lodha Committee’s suggestions but defended its decision to continue with the old system.
The cricket board made these remarks on Wednesday when it filed an affidavit in response to the top court-appointed panel’s status report, which says the world’s richest cricket body had ignored suggestions for reforms.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, who had approved the majority of the Lodha report’s recommendations in a court order on July 18, will hear the BCCI’s response and decide on the panel’s report.
The committee, formed in January 2015 as a follow-up to the court-appointed probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, also complained that the board flouted suggested guidelines at its annual general meeting on September 21, which included taking a decision to form a new national selection committee.
The selection panel, according to the BCCI, will meet on Thursday to pick the squad for the ODI series against New Zealand.
The BCCI sought to stick to its old system, saying the Tamil Nadu Societies Act governs it and the law allows certain privileges such as adopting a resolution with majority votes.
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Its response says board members were told the panel’s report has to be accepted in totality. But the members, including government nominees, insisted on a vote and the resolution was rejected “overwhelmingly”.
The response came after the top court warned the board and gave time until October 6 to respond to the Lodha panel’s complaint.