In a huge jolt to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the Supreme Court on Tuesday lambasted the body and said that the board has created a 'mutually beneficial society.' The Supreme Court told the BCCI lawyers, Please don't say Lodha Committee recommendations cannot be implemented.
The top court was hearing the references made by the Justice RM Lodha panel in the wake of the IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal. The next hearing is on Friday.
The Lodha panel recommended cooling off period between successive terms for top officials, suggested ministers and government servants cannot occupy BCCI posts.
The panel even wanted the richest board to be brought under the Right to Information Act which would allow citizens to access information held by the Board. The apex court bench also told BCCI that "out of the 29 state association under the board, 11 have not received any money at all.
In the last three years, Gujarat has received Rs 66 crore alone. It seems in the name of cricket money is being stiphoned off." The BCCI had submitted a detailed list of allocation of funds in the last five years to the top court, but allocation to eleven states was zero.