'The BCCI has to be like little school boys and obey'

According to an official with close proximity to the Supreme Court, the BCCI was being too fussy about implementing the Lodha Committee recommendations.

The BCCI has been iffy about the Lodha committee recommendations ever since the report was produced.   -  PTI

Reacting to the happenings in the corridors of power in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in relation to the reforms in cricket validated by the Supreme Court, an official with close proximity to the apex court appointed Justice Lodha Committee said: "They (BCCI) have to be like little school boys and obey and implement the recommendations according to the specified timelines. We are getting sick and tired of this. Let’s see what happens on Wednesday (September 21).

The same source reiterated that no election can take place at the BCCI Annual General Meeting (AGM) on September 21, no business related to 2016-17 can be conducted and averred that there could be a strong possibility of an administrator being appointed to implement the Supreme Court order of July 18, in the event of the BCCI not adhering to timelines set for implementing the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations.

What the source indicated was that the incumbent BCCI has no right to plan or execute matters related to IPL 2017.

On Sunday, the committee posted on its website a letter addressed to Rahul Johri, CEO BCCI (on Aug. 31, 2016) and marked to the BCCI President, Anurag Thakur and Secretary, Ajay Shirke. The letter reminds the BCCI about the 'Directions from the Supreme Court Committee'.

The letter

"As per the first Compliance Report submitted by the Secretary BCCI, it was stated that an AGM of the BCCI is proposed to be called on 21.9.2016 to transact ‘routine business’. The Committee now directs that this AGM be limited only to routine business concerning the past year (2015-2016), and that any business or matters relating to the next year (2016-2017) be dealt with only after the adoption of the MoA and Rules as per the recommendations of the Committee in accordance with the same.

At the meeting with the Secretary, BCCI on 9th August 2016, specific directions were given to ensure that all bids, tenders and contracts entered into by and on behalf of the BCCI after 18.7.2016 are to comply with the requirements of the recommendations in the Report effective from the date of the Supreme Court judgement itself. You are directed to send us the status of compliance with such norms of all such bids, tenders and and contracts entered into by and on behalf of the BCCI after 18.7.2016. Please ensure that this is sent by 3.9.2016.

A second set of timelines have been concluded by the Committee for the implementation by the BCCI and the State Associations. These are attached to the present email and you are directed to forward the same to all the State Associations by 3.9.2016. Kindly send us a line in confirmation once this is done.

You are to send us the contact details including email addresses of the State Associations and their principal Office Bearers (President and Secretary) by 1.9.2016. The same is awaited.

I might remind you that the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court says as follows with reference to the role of those to whom directions are issued by the Committee:

"Para 92. Needless to say that the BCCI and all concerned shall cooperate and act in aid of the Committee and its directives. Should any impediments arise, the Committee shall be free to seek appropriate directions from this Court by filing a status report in that regard.”

The Committee has also recorded certain decisions in accordance with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court which are recorded in a Supplementary Report that is annexed to this mail. This would require certain rectifications to be carried out to the Rules and Regulations before they are formally adopted by the BCCI. This would also have application to the disqualifications of Office Bearers at the State Associations."

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