CoA ninth status report highlights tiff with BCCI office bearers

CoA has told the Supreme Court that, for the general body to function, as envisaged by its judgment, some steps are required to be taken.

File photo of Vinod Rai at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.   -  PTI

Early this week, the CoA submitted its ninth status report to the Supreme Court which will resume hearing on the cricket reforms related case on July 5.

The CoA’s first eight status reports are on the BCCI website, but probably not read by the CJI bench. The status reports relate the CoA’s work vis-à-vis the steps taken to implement the Lodha reforms and matters related to the supervision of the BCCI’s day to day activities.

The CoA comprising Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, virtually call the shots at the BCCI through its CEO Rahul Johri, having derived power to oversee its administration on the basis of the apex court order of January 2, 2017.

The order also stated that the existing office bearers (of the BCCI) shall function subject to the supervision and control of the CoA and that the CoA would have the power to issue all appropriate directions to facilitate supervision and control.

Clearly, the BCCI office bearers and those who ruled the roost in the board for many years were unhappy with the circumstances, following the Supreme Court order that gave effect to some recommendations articulated in the Justice Lodha Committee report, and as a consequence, the CoA and the office bearers have hardly been on cordial terms.

It reached a flashpoint recently after a meeting convened by the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary - to consider a ten-item agenda - in New Delhi on June 22 was virtually called illegal by the CoA since the act of convening the SGM violated certain directions issued by the committee in March 2018.

The ninth Status report actually encapsulates the BCCI office-bearers alleged non-cooperation and designs to subvert the very operative part of the Supreme Court order of January 2, 2017, that bestowed almost sweeping powers to the CoA.

A relevant para in the Status report says: “The office-bearers of the BCCI are in collusion with various other persons who attended the meeting on June 22, 2018, clearly attempting to subvert and frustrate the orders passed by this Hon’ble Court by inserting limitations on the powers and duties of the CoA.

"This is being done with a view to hampering the ability of the CoA to effectively supervise management and administration of the BCCI through the CEO."

The CoA has told the Supreme Court that, for the general body to function, as envisaged by its judgment, some steps are required to be taken. They are (1) finalisation of the new Constitution by the Hon’ble Court (2) finalisation and amendment of the Constitutions of the State associations in terms of the new BCCI Constitution (3) Elections in each State association as per their amended Constitutions and after inducting all former international players hailing from the relevant State as voting members (4) Elevation of existing affiliate and associate members to full members with voting rights and induction of Uttarakhand and Mizoram and (5) attendance only by newly elected State representatives in the general body of the BCCI.

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