CoA chief Vinod Rai welcomes ‘very positive’ SC verdict on Lodha reforms

The Supreme Court bench also gave back permanent membership status to Railways, Services and Universities, and granted membership to Mumbai, Saurashtra, Vadodara and Vidarbha.

Vinod Rai also expressed satisfaction that all the original members have retained their voting rights. (File Photo)   -  V. Ganesan

Over the months, the cricketing administrators have, time and again, got into confrontation with the Committee of Administrators (CoA). But on Thursday, as the Supreme Court approved a draft constitution diluting key recommendations of the apex court-appointed Justice R.M. Lodha committee, CoA chief Vinod Rai termed it as a ‘very positive verdict’.

Speaking to Sportstar from Ahmedabad, Rai admitted that the ‘good thing’ about the order is the fact that a fixed timeline has been fixed. “It is a very positive verdict. I am very satisfied with it. It has got good things because it has maintained the main aspects of the (Lodha) recommendation. The good thing is that it has fixed a timeline in which it has to be implemented. It is a very satisfying verdict,” he said.

However as the apex court did away with the ‘cooling off period’ for administrators for every three-year term, Rai made it clear that it would not be an issue.

“That (the cooling off period dilution) is okay. Sometime ago, even I had said that I am okay with two terms before the cooling-off,” he said, adding, “As long as the nine-year rule remains, there should not be any problem. The basics are maintained properly.”

The former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) also pointed out that one of the most important aspects of the new order is the fact that now the state associations will have to fall in line. “That’s the most important thing. That the state associations will have to mirror the BCCI (constitution) is definitely a good thing,” Rai, who has been the chief of CAG, since January last year, said.

The Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra and comprising justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud, gave back permanent membership status to Railways, Services and Universities, and granted membership to Mumbai, Saurashtra, Vadodara and Vidarbha. The CoA chief, on his part, accepted that every member units ‘should have’ voting rights.