Lodha reforms: BCCI misses compliance report deadline  

The board has disobeyed another order by not filing a compliance report to the committee, headed by Justice Lodha,

Published: 05th November 2016 12:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th November 2016 01:16 PM   |  A+A-


BCCI President Anurag Thakur. | (File|PTI)

Express News Service

CHENNAI: The BCCI saga has often overshadowed the India-England series. Close to the start of the first Test on November 9, more appears to be in store. That’s because the board has disobeyed another order by not filing a compliance report to the committee, headed by Justice Lodha, handling the matter as directed by the Supreme Court.

Curbing the BCCI’s financial freedom by appointing an independent auditor to screen all commercial deals, the court had in its October 21 order also told the board president and secretary to submit the report in two weeks. That deadline elapsed on Thursday, with neither following the order. It’s the latest in a long list of orders and guidelines not being followed.

Although BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke has said the report will be filed soon, not obeying the deadline can amount to a case of contempt, as complainant Aditya Verma pointed out. “I’ll write to the Lodha committee to report this to the court. I’ll also file an appeal at the court next week, and make the committee party to it,” said the person, whose 2013 litigation precipitated all this.

The committee has already brought to the court’s attention that its orders have not been followed and sought the removal of BCCI office-bearers. It has also said that contempt proceedings be started against Thakur. The court has asked the BCCI to “fall in line” before the next hearing slated for December 5.
“The BCCI president and secretary had to reply by yesterday (Thursday), and they didn’t. This isn’t the first time that they have not obeyed the court’s order. It’s up to the court now. The committee will report to the judges what has happened if asked to,” said well-placed sources monitoring developments.

The BCCI has already said that in absence of a clearance from the committee, it can’t sign a MoU with the England cricket board, which prevents them from making payments for travel and accommodation of the visiting team. While a spokesman of the England team said “there are no change in plans”, the board has said it can’t do anything until it has received the go-ahead.

“The BCCI knows it can’t have the clearance unless the compliance report has been filed. So it’s trying to show that because of financial constraints, the England series can’t be held. Whether this is a strategic move or genuine concern is anybody’s guess,” sources said.

No change in plans of English contingent  
New Delhi: The upcoming Test series between India and England, starting next week, is very much on, an ECB spokesman assured on Friday. “We are already in India, there is no change to any plans,” an ECB spokesperson said.


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