Lodha panel says ‘no’ to BCCI’s request to defer meeting: sources

The Justice Lodha Committee has shot down a request from Ajay Shirke, secretary, BCCI, to defer the meeting on Tuesday, August 9. A source close to the Justice Lodha Committee said: “Ajay Shirke finally wrote to the Committee late last night requesting that the meeting on Tuesday with him and Anurag Thakur be deferred. The request has been declined.”

File photo shows Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur (right) with secretary Ajay Shirke at a media conference in Mumbai.

Board president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shrike were summoned by the Committee for a meeting in New Delhi. It was believed that the three-member committee would draw timelines for the BCCI and the State associations to implement its recommendations on governance and management structure in a concurrent manner.

Subsequent to receiving the summons from the committee, the BCCI held a working committee meeting in Mumbai and a Special General Meeting in New Delhi, appointed a four-member Committee including retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju to play the Board’s interface and even decided to file a review petition with the Apex Court.

Justice Katju presented and interim report to the BCCI on Sunday in New Delhi. The former Supreme Court judge lashed out at the Supreme Court and its Committee led by the former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha, saying their intention to clean up cricket may be good, but it cannot be done by “throwing the law to the winds.”

Justice Katju, appointed by the BCCI to head a four-member panel to “advise and guide” it on the July 18 Supreme Court verdict, asking the BCCI to implement the Lodha Committee’s recommendations in six months to overhaul the cricket body to usher in accountability, declared that the judgment itself was unconstitutional.