BCCI reforms: A chronology of events

A chronology of events relating to implementation of Justice R M Lodha panel recommendations on structural reforms in BCCI.

Justice R.M. Lodha submitted the report on structural reforms in BCCI in January 2016.   -  R.V. Moorthy

Following is the chronology of events relating to implementation of Justice R M Lodha panel recommendations on structural reforms in BCCI.

— Jan 4: 2016: Justice R M Lodha panel submits its report to SC on various aspects of reforms in BCCI.

— Jan 22: SC agrees to hear plea of Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) seeking implementation of report of Justice R M Lodha panel.

Feb 4: SC asks BCCI to "fall in line" with Lodha panel recommendations which suggested its massive restructuring.

— Feb 24: SC agrees to hear BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea against Justice Lodha Committee's order suspending IPL franchisee Chennai Super Kings for two years.

— Mar 1: Orissa Cricket Association moves SC seeking to be impleaded in hearing related to implementation of Lodha panel recommendation suggesting restructuring of BCCI.

— Mar 3: SC pulls up BCCI over reluctance to accept Lodha panel's recommendations; questions BCCI over lack of transparency in funds to states.

— Mar 3: SC also allays BCCI's apprehension that it will face ICC's ire for carrying out drastic restructuring by including CAG nominee saying it does not amount to government interference; questions BCCI for putting spoke in one state- one vote policy.

— Apr 5: SC slams BCCI for not checking how hefty sums are being spent, saying it was "practically corrupting" its members by not seeking any explanation.

— Apr 8: SC criticises BCCI for maintaining that any judicial interference in its functioning would compromise its autonomy, says sports body was resisting recommendations to reform.

— Apr 11: Cricket Club of India (CCI) of Mumbai faces tough questions from SC on its resistance to structural reforms in the BCCI.

— Apr 13: SC asks govt whether it can take over cricketing activities by enacting law.

— Apr 25: SC pulls up BCCI for "monopolizing" cricket in the country, says several youngsters wanting to be Dhonis and Kohlis are not given equal opportunity.

— Apr 29: SC pulls up BCCI, asks if politicians can retire at 70 why not BCCI office bearers.

— May 2: SC says all state cricket associations have to "fall in line" with recommendations of Justice Lodha panel.

— May 3: SC says constitution of BCCI is highly incapable of achieving values of transparency, objectivity and accountability which can be attained only by changing it.

— May 3: BCCI tells SC that betting in cricket matches can be legalised only if a central law is enacted in this regard.

— May 5: Ex-Indian team captain Bishan Singh Bedi and ex-cricketer Kirti Azad support Lodha panel report in SC.

— May 10: Reforms in BCCI will not pull the body back, says SC clarifying that it does not intend to reduce popularity of the Board or hinder its growth.

— May 18: CAB moves SC to stall BCCI Secy Anurag Thakur from contesting election to President's post, saying a charge- sheeted person cannot contest under Lodha panel suggestions.

— Jun 30: Hearings on implementation of Lodha panel report end in SC.

— Jul 18: SC accepts major recommendations of Lodha panel on reforms in BCCI including a bar on ministers and civil servants and those above 70 from becoming its members; leaves it to Parliament to decide if it should come under RTI and betting on the game should be legalised.

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