The Apex court on Thursday warned three top BCCI officials to fall in line or face consequences. The apex court had on July 18 last year in its verdict accepted most of the recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha committee to reform the BCCI following charges of large-scale maladministration in the cash-rich cricket body.
It had approved Lodha panel recommendations such as one state-one vote, one member-one post and fixing an age-cap of 70 on those occupying BCCI posts. The top court had also asked Parliament and the Law Commission to mull over suggestions to bring the BCCI under the purview of Right to Transparency Act and legalize betting in cricket.
At the hearing, the apex court expressed anguish over the “unnecessary attitude” of acting BCCI President C K Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhry, saying this has led to non-framing of the amended BCCI constitution, despite the court’s order.”If the aforesaid three office-bearers do not give suggestions in accordance with the judgment of this court, there shall be very serious consequences,” a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said.
The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said the draft constitution shall include the suggestions of the Justice R M Lodha committee in its entirety so that a holistic document can be placed before it for a final decision.
It also made it clear that the suggestions of all stakeholders, including Railways, Services and universities, should be incorporated. At the outset, the bench was furious that these office- bearers were not cooperating with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) headed by former CAG Vinod Rai in making of the draft constitution of the BCCI.