Lodha committee asks BCCI questions on conflict of interest, transparency
New Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed committee headed by former CJI RM Lodha, who has been assigned to make administrative reforms in BCCI, has sent out a questionnaire containing more than 80 queries under seven sub-heads to office-bearers of the cricket body.
The committee, comprising Chief Justice of India (Retd) RM Lodha along with former SC judges Ashok Bhan and RV Raveendran, has enquired on various issues related to BCCI ranging from conflict of interest, audits, accounts, finance to oversight and transparency.
The questionnaire that has seven specific heads are as follows: I) Organisation, Structure and Relationship, II) Offices, Committees and Elections, III) Commercial engagements, Contracts and Services, IV) Audit, Accounts and Finances, V) Player Welfare and Dispute Resolution, VI) Conflict of Interest, VII) Oversight and Transparency.
While the questionnaire has been sent to BCCI top brass, one of the officials has been able to answer only 35 of the 82 questions. Some of the significant questions asked by the committee come under the 'conflict of interest' section. Under section VI, sub-head 6.1, SC appointed committee enquired: When a player/team official of an IPL team is the employee of the franchisee / owner of another team, does BCCI perceive a Conflict of Interest? What steps are taken prevent such situations?
The answer provided states, "Only after the present case of conflict of interest with respect to India Cements/CSK/N.Srinivasan has the public been aware of such an
arbitrary attitude prevailing in the BCCI." However, there are two more questions on the issue that went unanswered. They are 6.2: What steps have been taken by BCCI / IPL and the constituents to ensure that there is no conflict of interest between those who govern each of these entities and those are involved in their professional management?
What sanctions have been laid down for suppressing information regarding the above? and 6.3) Have steps have been taken to ensure there are no conflict of interest issues and that Board/IPL representatives do not have relatives/associates selected for garnering these contracts?