CoA seeks guidance from Supreme Court

In its third status report submitted on April 6, the Committee of Administrators has asked questions so the apex court could issue direction on important matters relevant for the implementation of Lodha Committee reforms.

The CoA has also informed the apex court about payments to be made to State associations that staged international matches and BCCI payments to be made to IPL venues.   -  The Hindu

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has asked the Supreme Court of India to issue directions on important matters that are relevant for the implementation of reforms suggested by the Justice Lodha Committee in its cricket report. The CoA is tasked with a mandate to enforce the Supreme Court order of July 18, 2016 and another order on January 2, 2017.

Specifically, the CoA seeks clarifications on the right of a full member to attend Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) meetings even in the event of it not having implemented the Supreme Court order of July 18, 2016; on whether a disqualified office bearer can take part in BCCI’s activities as a representative of the State association and be nominated to the ICC meetings; and on whether the two sets of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are bound on the BCCI and its members.

In its third status report submitted on April 6, the CoA has asked the apex court the following questions:

. Whether the first FAQs and the second FAQs (especially the second FAQs) form part of the reforms that the CoA is required to implement.

. Whether persons who are disqualified from being office bearers of a State association could be entitled to attend any Special General Meeting (SGM) or Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BCCI as nominees/representations of a State association.

. Whether persons who are disqualified from being office bearers of the BCCI may nevertheless be appointed to represent at the International Cricket Council (ICC).

. Whether State associations that have not complied with the orders dated Oct. 7, 2016 and Oct. 21, 2016 passed by this Hon’ble Court could be entitled to participate in any SGM or AGM of the BCCI and send their nominees/representatives to attend the same.

The CoA has also asked (among its FAQs): “Can a disqualified office bearer act as the representative/nominee of a member association or the BCCI? Can such an individual discharge any other role in or behalf of the association or the BCCI?”

The response from the Lodha Committee was as follows: “In keeping with the spirit of the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s judgment, a disqualified office bearer is no longer to be associated with cricket administration. He/She is disqualified from being a representative or nominee of the member association or the BCCI and cannot discharge any other role in or on behalf of the association or the BCCI . He/She cannot function within the association in any patron or advisory capacity nor be a member of a committee or council.”

Ín its 85-page Third Status report, CoA has informed the Supreme Court about the action taken following its order of March 24 with regard to payments to be made to State associations that staged international matches and BCCI payments to be made to IPL venues.

The CoA has also told the apex court that the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) has amended its Memorandum of Association (MoA) Rules and Regulations and adopted the Lodha Committee recommendations; hence, it will be releasing funds to the VCA as per the order of Oct. 7, 2016 and Oct. 21, 2016 and that it has removed the draft for new MoA and Rules Regulations from the BCCI website because it needs to be modified followed the apex court order of March 24.