SC ready to revisit Lodha reforms

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Over a year after backing the reforms framed by high profile Justice Lodha Committee to usher in transparency in the cricket administration, the SC on Monday said it was ready to revisit, if not modify, some key recommendations of the panel.

Recommendations of the Lodha panel which may come under scrutiny are:

  • Policy of “One State, One Vote”; Justice Deepak, who was heading the Bench, said the policy may not be a good idea in this country and hence, he would like to revisit the policy.
  • Policy of capping the number of members in the senior selection committee at three, all of them to be former Test players.

The Bench said it would hear the BCCI, the State cricket associations and member bodies in an effort to make the game of cricket run perfectly in the country.

Meanwhile, the Bench exhorted the BCCI and its members to meet on July 26, as scheduled, and implement the Lodha reforms as regards all issues other than the ones flagged for further debate in court.

The court then recorded that it would take stock of the minutes of the July 26 meeting in a hearing on August 18 and see how much of the Lodha reforms have been agreed to by the BCCI members. The Bench would then post the case for September 5, on which date, the stage would be open for further discussion on possible modifications in the Lodha recommendations.

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For detailed timeline and extensive coverage of the Lodha Committee recommendations and the steps taken thereafter, click here.

The committee headed by justice (retd) RM Lodha was appointed by the apex court in 2015 in the wake of a sport-fixing scandal in IPL, the biggest crisis to hit the cash-rich sports body in the country. The three-member panel submitted its report on the functioning of the BCCI to the SC on January 4, 2016.

Key recommendations provided for separate governing body for the BCCI and the IPL, no minister or government servant should be appointed as the office bearer of the BCCI, no office bearer can continue to hold its post for consecutive terms and cannot hold two posts at the same time as well. It also provided for the policy of ‘One State, One Vote’.

On July 18, the SC upheld all the recommendations of the Lodha Committee and gave a deadline of four to six months to the SC to implement all the reforms.



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