Bishan Bedi, Azad bat for implementation of Lodha panel recommendations in SC

New Delhi: Former Indian team captain Bishan Singh Bedi and ex-cricketer Kirti Azad yesterday batted in the Supreme Court for implementation of Justice RM Lodha committee recommendation on structural reforms in BCCI.

Bishan Bedi
Bishan Bedi

They also targeted for alleged irregularities the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) which was headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for 14 years till 2013.

“All is not well in DDCA and BCCI. There are serious difficulties which are affecting the functioning of these cricket bodies. Therefore reforms suggested by Justice R M “Lodha-led committee should be implemented,” advocate Manish Tiwari told a bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice FMI Kalifulla.

Jaitley was the DDCA President from December 1999 to December 2013.

Tiwari appearing for Bedi, Azad and former cricketer Sameer Bahadur, said that there were several reports against the functioning of DDCA including that of Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), fact-finding committee and Justice Mukul Mudgal, which have pointed out to the deficiencies and irregularities in the affairs of managing the cricket matches.

“Justice Mukul Mudgal, who is former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, was appointed observer for the India-South Africa match in his report had said that the internal audit of DDCA pointed out shortcomings and financial irregularities,” he said.

Tiwari, also a Congress leader appearing for Azad who has been expelled from BJP, said the trigger point for the Justice Lodha panel was the match fixing and spot fixing scandal and BCCI can’t say that it is not amenable to rule of law.

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