The Supreme Court today gave its verdict on the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India)-Lodha Panel debate. It ordered Lodha panel to appoint an independent auditor to scrutinize all bank accounts of BCCI and then submit the report.
The court also asked the panel to analyze all high level contracts of the cricket body. It also directed that the cricket body can not release funds until state associations file the affidavit and they implement Lodha panel’s recommendations.
The panel has asked to fixed a limit on BCCI’s monetary value of contracts. BCCI has to ask the panel if it wants contract of ground rights, media rights etc above the fixed limit.
The court asked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke to appear before them and tell their plans over the recommendations. They were ordered to file an affidavit by 3rd December about the recommendations which they have accepted and which they have not implemented up to now.
The three member bench headed by Chief Justice of India Justice TS Thakur said that the copy of their order will be sent to ICC (International Cricket Council) for their suggestion on the matter.
On July 18, three member Lodha panel led by Justice RM Lodha asked BCCI to refurbish the cricket body. They recommended several things including ‘one state-one vote’, age limit for 70 years, banning top officials from their terms.