Two sets of Constitution put up on BCCI website

There are two sets of Memorandum of Association, Rules and Regulations on the BCCI website (bcci.tv). The first one is around which the present 31 members, including Chattisgarh, conduct their cricket affairs and the second is authored by the Justice Lodha Committee and which the Supreme Court wants the BCCI to implement.

The first set is around which the present 31 members, including Chattisgarh, conduct their cricket affairs and the second is authored by the Justice Lodha Committee and which the Supreme Court wants the BCCI to implement.   -  AFP

There are two sets of Memorandum of Association, Rules and Regulations on the BCCI website (bcci.tv). The first one is around which the present 31 members, including Chattisgarh, conduct their cricket affairs and the second is authored by the Justice Lodha Committee and which the Supreme Court wants the BCCI to implement.

The Court passed the order on July 18, 2016. The full members have been quite fierce in protecting their rights given to it by the Societies of the State or the Company Laws.

Explaining the reason for the BCCI-Committee of Administrators (CoA) to put the Lodha Committee authored MoU, Rules and Regulations on the BCCI website an official said: “The body is the same, but we have given clarification with regard to the maximum nine year term of office bearers (at the BCCI and State Level) with cooling off period of three years after every term of three years each. There are other clarifications also.’’

The CoA has obtained clarity on the question of government servant (as referred to the Lodha Committee report) or public servant (as referred to in the Supreme Court order of July 19, 2016). The finalised document says explains that the “government servant is a person who is employed in any department of the Central Government or any State Government. For the avoidance of doubt it is clarified that a person who is an employee of a government company/ undertaking which is a separate corporation/ company is not a Government servant.’’

There is no clarity though with regard to the term of office for managing/executive/governing body members (not defined as office-bearers) who are in doubt about their status and have taken up the matter with Justice Lodha and the CoA.

While the CoA has every right to believe that it is making an honest effort to follow the mandate given by the Supreme Court, the BCCI full members on the other side are clinging on to a hope that the BJP government at the Centre would bring in a sports bill to sort out all matters in one stroke. Amit Shah, the BJP president is the president of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) and should the Lodha reforms in cricket come into effect, he will go in to a cooling off period for three years; not only him but also his son, Jay who is the Jt. Secretary of the GCA.

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