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. “You are behaving like lords. Fall in line, otherwise we will make you fall in line,” the court said last week.
The board has also been accused of not responding to mails from the committee. But the BCCI said it has exchanged over 40 mails with the Lodha panel.
The BCCI also sought justice Markandey Katju’s presence if the top court wants to press contempt charges against the board for the former judge’s views on the Lodha panel.
Katju called the reforms “unconstitutional and illegal” this August after the BCCI approached him for a legal opinion on the suggested board overhaul. The BCCI said Katju’s remarks were not the board’s official views.BCCI TIMELINE OF BCCI’S DEALINGS WITH LODHA bosses ignored acknowledgement and failed to intimate state bodies of e-mails sent by the Lodha committee.
BCCI secretary denied to the media that he received information to attend meeting with the committee on Aug 9.
BCCI secy wrote to the committee stating that BCCI cannot give directions to state bodies to stop elections.
On Aug 2, BCCI appointed a panel headed by Markandey Katju to be the single point interface with the panel.
BCCI did not follow a bidding process for broadcasting rights of T20Is in Florida.
Most items in the agenda of AGM on Sep 21are violations of directions by committee.
BCCI secretary writes to the committee suggesting that it would take its own decisions regarding compliance