Amicus tells State units to comply with Lodha reforms for annual grant

The SC bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and A.M. Sapre had directed advocate Narasimha to handle the applications of all the member associations who approached it with a wide range of issues.

Amicus curiae P.S. Narasimha met representatives of the State units to discuss the multiple Interim Appeals (IA) before the Supreme Court hearing on Thursday.

The State units’ constitution needs to fully comply with the Lodha reforms in order to receive an annual grant but there could be some flexibility regarding the formation of the apex council, amicus curiae P.S. Narasimha told the various BCCI constituents on Wednesday.

Narasimha met representatives of the State units to discuss the multiple Interim Appeals (IA) before the Supreme Court hearing on Thursday. He is expected to submit a report on the matter on Thursday.

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The SC bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and A.M. Sapre had directed advocate Narasimha to handle the applications of all the member associations who approached it with a wide range of issues.

“Most of the State units face one common issue and that is the release of grants. The amicus said if the State units’ constitution is fully compliant along the lines of Lodha recommendation, it won’t be a problem. But partial compliance won’t do, he has made it clear,” a representative of a State unit said after the meeting.

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“The amicus seemed open to the idea of being flexible on the composition of the apex council. Multiple State units have said that it is virtually impossible for their respective apex council to be a ‘mirror image’ of BCCI’s apex council. The membership numbers differ and the amicus said that he would take this issue into consideration,” another state official said.

However, the age-cap of 70 years, barring ministers or bureaucrats from becoming office-bearers, cooling-off period are some of the clauses that will remain “non-negotiable”.