SC agrees to hear complaints by state cricket associations

Noting that it wants “India as a country to get the money” in revenues from the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear complaints by various state associations and members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

Amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium told the court that the four-member CoA led by former CAG Vinod Rai faces the same predicament as the Lodha panel once did from the BCCI and its members.   -  Photo: Reuters

 

Noting that it wants “India as a country to get the money” in revenues from the International Cricket Council (ICC), the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear complaints by various state associations and members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

The bone of contention is an ICC meeting scheduled for April 22. The state associations, represented by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, said that the CoA is not even allowing them to hold a meeting to make suggestions about how best the BCCI should present its case for earning about Rs. 4000 crore of its share in the international cricket revenues from the ICC.

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Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the Lodha Committee, said the various members have still not filed any complied with the January 2, 2017 Supreme Court judgment that they should unreservedly agree to adopt the Lodha panel reforms. Tripathi said they should first comply with the SC order and then hold whatever meetings they wanted.

“We have not said don’t come to us. The CoA has not closed its doors and windows on them. When we ask them to file an undertaking, they accuse us of overreach,” Tripathi said.

Amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium told the court that the four-member CoA led by former CAG Vinod Rai faces the same predicament as the Lodha panel once did from the BCCI and its members.

“The CoA is in an identical position as the Lodha Committee. Nothing, no reform, has been implemented... How does a foot move forward unless there is a basic compliance of law,” Subramanium said.

Tripathi said these members of the BCCI “talk of losing money when each of them are sitting on piles of cash”. “In Kerala, they bought land for a cricket stadium and the land happens to be a lagoon,” Tripathi submitted.

Subramanium said how a panel led by a retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court had to holds up their hands in exasperation because of the non-compliance and the wall of resistance they faced. “Somebody, whoever it may be, wants me to sign my death warrant, do I sign just because he is a retired Chief Justice of India?” asked Sibal.

The court posted the case for March 10.

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