BCCI vs Lodha panel: Supreme Court dismisses review petition of verdict validating Lodha committee recommendations

BCCI vs Lodha panel: Supreme Court dismisses review petition of verdict validating Lodha committee recommendations

New Delhi, Oct 18: In a major jolt to Board of Cricket Control India , Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the petition seeking review of court verdict validating Lodha Panel recommendations. The BCCI filed a petition seeking review order on the verdict passed on July 18 where the judiciary accepted the recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha headed panel. The Lodha panel has recommended a range of reforms including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 from becoming its members. The Supreme Court had accepted all the recommendations of the Lodha committee and had asked the BCCI to implement them. In its judgment on July 18, the apex court stated that no minister or government official can be an office-bearer of the national cricketing body. The Supreme Court also accepted the Lodha Committee recommendation of one state-one vote for representation at the BCCI. The BCCI then filed a petition seeking review order on the verdict of the Supreme Court validating Lodha Panel recommendations. However the apex court dismissed BCCI’s petition and refused to pass review order. It means the BCCI have no other option but to implement the recommendations of the Lodha committee. The Lodha Committee, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to clean up cricket administration in India following corruption and match-fixing scandals, had earlier submitted its report advising far-reaching changes in the way the game is run in the country. The recommendations by the panel sought to define stringent eligibility criteria for BCCI office-bearers and set limits to their tenure. Ministers and bureaucrats currently holding office will not to be allowed to hold BCCI positions, neither would those officials holding office in their state associations or those above 70 years of age. The Lodha Committee also advised that there should be five elected office-bearers — president, secretary and one vice-president instead of the current five, treasurer and joint-secretary. The panel also proposed that these officials should serve no more than three three-year terms and that there must be a “cooling-off” period between terms to prevent them from holding office for several years at a stretch. The Lodha panels report had also recommended that the BCCI Working Committee must be replaced with a nine-memb…

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