BCCI case remains inconclusive as SC breaks for summer

A downcast BCCI on Tuesday said the Supreme Court's judgment in the IPL betting controversy and the subsequent Justice (retired) R.M. Lodha Committee recommendations for a complete overhaul triggered a growing negativity against the Board.

As the day's hearing came to an end before a Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, BCCI counsel and senior advocate K. K. Venugopal said how the Supreme Court judgment and subsequent happenings created a “negative atmosphere” around the Board.   -  V. Sudershan

A downcast BCCI on Tuesday said the Supreme Court's judgment in the IPL betting controversy and the subsequent Justice (retired) R.M. Lodha Committee recommendations for a complete overhaul triggered a growing negativity against the Board.

BCCI president Shashank Manohar's sudden resignation during the day coincided with the last court session before the apex court's breaks for summer recess. The next hearing is scheduled for June 30.

As the day's hearing came to an end before a Bench led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, BCCI counsel and senior advocate K. K. Venugopal said how the Supreme Court judgment and subsequent happenings created a “negative atmosphere” around the Board.

He spoke of the “tremendous difference” in the perception of BCCI after the apex court judgment, despite the Board's contributions to Indian cricket, especially nurturing of young talents. He said BCCI contributes up to 70 percent revenue in world cricket.

Mr. Venugopal reiterated that the Justice Lodha should have consulted the BCCI on its recommendations first.

But here, Chief Justice Thakur intervened that the Board has already complied with one half of the panel's recommendations, while the apex court is hearing all stakeholders regarding their objections about the other half.

“We don't want to reduce your (BCCI) popularity, we want you to do better. That is why we appointed a committee to suggest structural reforms. You should not apprehend that reforms will pull you back," the Chief Justice addressed BCCI.

The BCCI and its members consisting of various cricket associations and sports bodies, who set to either lose their memberships in full or would be reduced from their status as full members to associate members, have largely opposed the 'one State, one member, one vote' recommendation of the Justice Lodha panel.

In a hearing on February 4, 2016, Chief Justice Thakur had similarly advised the BCCI and its State cricket association members to "fall in line" with the recommendations.

“Your members have been wielding power for long... The match is over. There will be no second innings here,” Chief Justice Thakur had made the Supreme Court's resolve clear to the top cricket body.

"These recommendations deserve respect. They have come from the most respected members of the legal community. They have done extensive deliberations with all stakeholders," Chief Justice T.S. Thakur had said.

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