Apex court to hear plea on Lodha panel report

Apex court to hear plea on Lodha panel report

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea seeking direction to the BCCI for implementation of the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee.

A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and R Banumathi, however, did not specify the date for hearing as a counsel, representing the de-recognised Cricket Association of Bihar, sought direction to the top cricket body for complying with the guidelines recommended by the panel.

The panel headed by former CJI R M Lodha had on January 4 suggested major restructuring of the BCCI by removing any role of ministers or government servants, limiting terms of the office-bearers and allowing only past cricketers to have a say in matters concerning selection of team and coaching.

In its final report, the panel suggested for passing a law to allow betting except for the players, match officials, administrators and team owners. It also favoured for making the cricket body amenable to the Right to Information Act.

After interacting with former players, administrators, journalists, lawyers and others in 35 sittings, the panel finalised its report, holding, “The need of the hour is not cosmetic but fundamental change, which will lay the proper foundations on which the BCCI can function in a professional and transparent manner.”

The committee, also comprising former SC judges Justices R V Raveendran and Ashok Bhan, was formed on apex court’s order on January 22 last after charges of betting and spot fixing rocked the 2013 IPL matches. It had in July suspended IPL franchisees Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years and imposed a life-time ban on their team officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra, respectively, for their involvement in illegal betting.

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