NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the plea of Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) seeking implementation of the report of Justice RM Lodha panel on reforms in Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said it will hear the plea at the earliest.
The apex court-appointed Justice Lodha panel, which had suggested suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years from participating in IPL, had on January 4 submitted its report to the Supreme Court.
The three-member panel, while recommending sweeping reforms in controversy-ridden BCCI, had suggested a bar on ministers from occupying positions, putting a cap on the age and tenure of the office-bearers and legalising betting.
The panel had also suggested that one unit should represent one state, while taking away the voting rights of institutional and city-based units. The committee had recommended restructuring of the BCCI’s administrative set-up, proposing the position of a CEO accountable to a nine-member apex council.
Mumbai: There was no discussion on the Lodha committee at the AGM of the Mumbai Cricket Association, headed by Sharad Pawar, on Friday. “Nothing on Lodha committee’s recommendations was discussed in the AGM,” MCA Vice-President Ashish Shelar told reporters here.
CAB & Court
A look back at the body’s key legal interventions
On June 21, 2013, in the Bombay High Court, the Cricket Association of Bihar and its secretary, Aditya Verma — raised several issues of conflict of interest and the manner in which the BCCI probe panel that acquitted Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra was constituted.
On August 30, 2013, the CAB appealed against the Bombay High Court ruling in Supreme Court, on the grounds that the high court did not appoint a new committee to investigate the matter afresh.
In April 2014, the CAB filed another application in SC on barring N Srinivasan from ICC chief's post, but the court declined.
On Friday, CAB filed a plea seeking implementation of the report of Justice RM Lodha panel, which could also have huge ramifications for the BCCI.