Supreme Court hearing on Lodha panel report deferred to December 9

Updated: Dec 06, 2016, 11:39 IST | PTI |

Supreme Court will hear on December 9 the CAB's plea seeking a direction to BCCI to implement Lodha panel suggestions, including appointment of ex-home secretary GK Pillai as observer and sacking of all office bearers who are in violation of its recommendations

Justice RM Lodha
Justice RM Lodha

New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) will hear on December 9 the Cricket Association of Bihar’s (CAB) plea seeking a direction to BCCI to implement Lodha panel suggestions, including appointment of ex-home secretary GK Pillai as observer and sacking of all office bearers who are in violation of its recommendations.

The matter, which was listed for yesterday, could not be taken up as Chief Justice TS Thakur, heading the bench concerned, did not hold the court. The case has now been listed for December 9.

The apex court had on November 25 agreed to hear CAB’s plea after perusing the third status report submitted by Justice RM Lodha committee on BCCI reforms.

Pillai as observer
In the status report submitted on November 14, the Lodha panel has sought a direction to appoint Pillai as an observer to “guide” BCCI in administrative works including award of contracts, transparency norms and holding of future domestic, international and IPL matches. The committee has also sought a declaration from the court that all office bearers of cash-rich BCCI and state cricket bodies, who are in violation of laid down norms with regard to 70 year age cap, citizenship and tenures, “cease to hold office forthwith”.

BCCI under RTI
On July 18, the apex court had accepted almost all major recommendations of the Lodha committee on reforms in BCCI including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 from becoming its members, but left it to Parliament to decide whether it should come under RTI and betting on the game should be legalised. It had also accepted the recommendations of the committee to have a CAG nominee in BCCI and had rejected BCCI’s objection to one-state-one-vote issue. The court had also accepted the recommendation that one person should hold one post in administration to avoid any conflict of interest and scrapping of all other administrative committees in BCCI after the CAG nominee comes in.

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