BCCI responds to Lodha Committee

Despite announcing Shirke’s being the lone candidature for the secretary’s post, the BCCI has ensured to the committee that it hasn’t violated the Supreme Court’s order, issued on July 18.

The letter ends with a reassurance that the BCCI will not exceed its judicial authority.   -  Vivek Bendre

The BCCI, in a letter to the Justice R. N. Lodha Committee, has assured that it will not conduct any business “which it is not authorized nor entitled to do so”. The BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke wrote to the Lodha Committee in response to its letter dated August 31.

The Lodha Committee letter had specified that the BCCI AGM should not conduct any business related to 2016-17. However, despite announcing Shirke’s being the lone candidature for the secretary’s post, the BCCI has ensured to the committee that it hasn’t violated the Supreme Court’s order, issued on July 18.

“Mindful of the concern and diligence displayed by the Committee, in the discharge of the task entrusted by the Hon’ble Supreme Court upon the committee, it is reiterated that there is nothing being done by the Board, which does not have the sanction of law or that which may prove to be an irritant or impediment to the Committee, in its accountability to the Hon’ble Court,” Shirke writes in the three-page letter dated September 20, accessed by Sportstar.

“This is to place on record that the Board is not likely to transact any other business in its AGM, which it is not authorized nor entitled to do so, save and except that which is legally bound, so to do.”

The letter ends with a reassurance that the BCCI will not exceed its judicial authority. “In conclusion, the Board has also shared with the committee the fact of the Board having exercised legal remedies, available to it, in respect of the Judgement and Orders passed by this Hon’ble Supreme Court and sought judicial review of the same, in accordance with the legal advice made available to it,” the letter states.

“Needless to say that till such time, the Hon’ble Supreme Court modifies or reviews its own orders, the Board is not claiming any concessions from the committee on that basis and remains committed to do all the acts, deeds and things, it is bound to do, in compliance with the various provisions of law, as we understand.”

The letter also accuses Gopal Sankaranarayan, secretary to the committee, for making unattributed remarks to the media that “shows the Board in poor light… creates confusion and vitiates the atmosphere”.

“… we are informed that these press reports find their basis in informal briefings to the media given by Mr. Gopal Sankaranayaran, who is the Secretary of the Committee, on the course the Committee is likely to adopt in view of the agenda… However, there has never been a corresponding formal communication by the Committee with the Board on the subject and the press releases based on such source reports remain mere innuendos. However, these source based press releases only serve to create confusion and very often show the Board and its office bearers in a poor light and vitiate the atmosphere."

“We would be grateful if the Committee would inquire and inform us as to source of these reports and take appropriate action to restrain persons concerned from giving informal briefings to the media of the views of the Committee which have the effect of creating a misleading and negative atmosphere in relation to the proceedings of the Committee and the Board.”