BCCI reforms: Centre moves SC against Lodha committee recommendations

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New Delhi: The Centre on Friday moved the Supreme Court against implementation of the Lodha committee recommendations on administrative reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“We were not heard when the court decided to implement some recommendations which go against our interests,” the government’s top law officer, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, said.

Rohatgi appeared on behalf of Railway Sports Promotion Board, Services Sports Control Board and All India Universities. These three members of BCCI, that held full membership earlier, now stand relegated to associate member status without voting rights as per the Lodha committee’s “one state-one vote” recommendation.

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The “one state-one vote” policy approved by the apex court in its 18 July 2016 verdict effectively relegated non-territorial members of the board to the status of associate members without voting rights.

These include the Kolkata-based National Cricket Club, the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai and the three institutional members—Railway Sports Promotion Board, Services Sports Control Board and All India Universities.

The policy also meant that in states with more than one cricket association, as in the case of Gujarat (Saurashtra, Gujarat and Baroda) and Maharashtra (Mumbai, Maharashtra and Vidarbha), the associations will have voting rights on a “rotational basis”—one at a time.

The apex court said that these issues will be dealt with at a later stage, after the court appoints a panel of administrators to govern BCCI in the interim and implement Lodha panel recommendations. Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam and Anil Divan submitted a list of names for the panel of administrators in a sealed envelope to the court. The case will be heard next on 24 January.