Anurag Thakur faces trouble as SC accepts Lodha Panel recommendations

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New Delhi: BCCI President Mr. Anurag Thakur, himself, comes under scanner, as the Apex court accepts Justice Lodha panel recommendations, today. In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Monday accepted most of suggestions made by the Lodha committee w.r. to administration of the Indian Cricket Board.

A two-member bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Ibrahim Kalifulla upheld most of the panel’s recommendations.

Here is an account of some of the other recommendations which were accepted:

One state , One vote meant that non-territorial members of BCCI, like the National Cricket Club, Cricket Club of India, Railway Sports Promotion Board, Services Sports Control Board and All India Universities will be associate members now without any voting rights.

Creation of three new positions—an ombudsman, an ethics officer and an electoral officer. The ombudsman’s position has already been filled, with the BCCI appointing Justice A.P. Shah in November last year.

The recommended term limits and eligibility criteria for office-bearers of BCCI means Civil servants and ministers are barred from being part of BCCI. The age should be less than 70 years.

The existing BCCI governing council (GC) should have nine members: two ex-officio members (secretary and treasurer), two members nominated or elected by full members, two nominees of IPL franchises, two from proposed players’ associations and one from the CAG’s office.

Parliament to decide about the issues of legalization of betting and bringing BCCI within the purview of the RTI.

Players’ associations to be formed to offer membership to all Indian international and most first-class cricketers who had retired not less than five years ago.

Earlier, a three-member committee, comprising former chief justice of India R.M. Lodha and former Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R. Raveendran, was set up by the apex court to ‘clean up’ BCCI. The committee submitted its report in January and since then there were discussions about the changes it will bring to the BCCI functioning.

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