SC asks members for suggestions before finalising BCCI Constitution

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium to compile suggestions made by the member cricket associations on the draft BCCI Constitution.

The SC has asked Gopal Subramanium to consult State cricket associations and prepare bullet points to fine-tune the draft BCCI Constitution by May 11.   -  AFP

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will finalise the Constitution for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the State associations should fine-tune their constitutions in accordance with the Board’s.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium to compile suggestions made by the member cricket associations on the draft BCCI Constitution.

“We need to iron out the creases in the draft,” Chief Justice Misra said.

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Chief Justice Misra expressed doubts about the feasibility of some of the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee like “One State, One Vote”, which may not agreeable to States like Maharashtra and Gujarat where there are multiple cricket associations with a long history and tradition of contributions to Indian cricket.

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The court asked the member associations and Board office-bearers to provide suggestions by May 11, the next date of hearing.

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Meanwhile, the Bench asked the Maharashtra Cricket Association, whose elections are scheduled for tomorrow, to postpone it till the May 11 hearing.

Chief Justice Misra said that once the draft Constitution was finalised, it would be tallied with all the Constitutions of the member associations, which would have to make changes in order to be compatible with the BCCI Constitution.

The court objected to submissions made by some BCCI office-bearers about the Justice Lodha recommendations for more participation in cricket from the north-eastern States. “We are not on the principle of exclusion, but inclusion. North-eastern States cannot be excluded, they have to be given opportunities to play. We have to develop their talents. Cricket is about national integration,” Chief Justice Misra said.