Again the Supreme Court’s hearing in the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) and Lodha committee case has adjourned for the second in a week. The hearing was first scheduled for December 5 but it was postponed to December 9. Now it has been scheduled to December 14. The bench headed by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur adjourned the hearing.
A TOI report said BCCI has the plan to inform SC that the next hearing scheduled for the post-lunch session on December 14 will clash with the demonetisation case. The SC will shut for the winter vacations from December 19 to January 1 and Justice Thakur will retire on January 4.
This adjournment would relieve the BCCI as the cricket body will get much time to make a stronger case for themselves.
In the last hearing on October 21, SC asked the Lodha committee to appoint an independent auditor to observe the contracts of BCCI. Last month, the committee had recommended the name of former Union Home Secretary G.K Pillai as an auditor.
Today’s hearing was supposed to focus on three main areas which Lodha committee has recommended. One, the removal of all the office bearers of the BCCI and its state associations who had not meet the eligibility criteria set by the apex court on July 18; two, the board CEO will perform all the administrative and management matters without advertence to the office bearers; three, the appointment of the former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai as an observer to scrutinize the board’s administration.
The apex court had given the BCCI until December 3 to implement the reforms recommended by the Lodha. But the cricket board continues to oppose the three main recommendations of Lodha committee: age limit of 70 years for the board officials, three years terms for officials and one-state-one-vote rule.
The situation is getting complex after the state associations of Hyderabad, Tripura and Vidarbha accepting the recommendations.
SC appointed the three-member Lodha panel led by Justice RM Lodha to recommend reforms to the BCCI and all its affiliated state-level cricket associations following the match-fixing scandal in the IPL.