Mumbai: The Lodha panel in its latest report to the Supreme Court has given emphasis on the sacking of the BCCI office bearers and has suggested that ex-home secretary GK Pillai to be appointed as an observer to supervise the board’s administration.
The report says that Mr. Pillai should function as an observer like conducting the crucial task of appointing auditors for awarding BCCI contracts like the media rights for future editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Supreme Court will have the next hearing of the case on 5th December. The Lodha committee, led by former Chief Justice R M Lodha, was appointed by the Supreme Court after the betting scandal in IPL to suggest reforms in the current functioning of the Board.
The committee is at constant quarrel with the world’s richest Board which says it is not possible to implement all of the panel’s proposals which also include an age and tenure cap and one-state-one-vote.
The court which approves of all the Lodha Panel’s recommendations used stern words to express disappointment towards the Board for its refusal to “fall in line” and observe, “If BCCI thinks they are law unto themselves, they are wrong.”
Last month the Court gave BCCI President Anurag Thakur and its 13 state associations in the country till 3rd December to implement the reforms recommended by the Lodha committee while putting a hold on all the funds disbursal to state associations till they agreed to the reforms.
The Lodha Panel had first suggested in September to remove the Board’s top office holders for their non-compliance with the recommendations.
HCA agrees to fall in line
Meanwhile, the HCA has made changes in its memorandum, rules and regulations to show that they have agreed to the recommendations of the Supreme Court appointed Lodha Panel at the Special General Meeting (SGM) in Hyderabad.
HCA said in a release that the unanimous resolution was passed to the effect at the SGM held at the HCA’s office at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.