Lodha Committee report pins down BCCI

- Saurabh Sharma   22-10-2016


The Supreme Court on Tuesday came down heavily on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), saying that its mandate was to promote cricket in the country but it had done nothing to develop it. The three-member committee, headed by former Chief Justice Lodha and including retired Supreme Court judges Ashok Bhan and R Raveendran, had been formed in January 2015 in the wake of the Justice Mudgal Committee report which called for reforms within BCCI.

The Mudgal committee had gone into state of affairs of the BCCI following the 2013 IPL betting and spot-fixing charges.  BCCI has allegedly not followed the Justice Lodha led panel’s recommendations into cleaning the sport in the country and bringing the game into repute following matchfixing and corruption scandals in the past. The latest salvo sees Lodha panel submit their report to the Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice of India T S Thakur. The special bench has come down hard on the BCCI for non-compliance and warned the board of adverse directions in case the recommendations are not put in place.

The top 10 recommendations by the Lodha committee

The panel found not enough evidence against former IPL COO Sundar Raman

# Lodha panel wants BCCI to come under RTI Act

# Lodha panel recommends legalisation of betting

The panel recommends players and BCCI officials should disclose their assets to the board in a measure to ensure they do not bet.

# Lodha panel proposes one state, one vote. Also no proxy voting of individuals

#No BCCI office-bearer can have more than two consecutive terms

#No BCCI office-bearer can be Minister or government servant, recommends Lodha panel

# In no case President will hold post for more than 2 years

# Lodha panel recommends a steering committee headed by former Home Secy G K Pillai with Mohinder Amarnath, Diana Eduljee and Anil Kumble

# Panel recommends separate governing bodies for the IPL and BCCI

# Lodha Committee recommends relegation of Railways, Services and Universities as Associate members. They also lose voting rights

# Punishment and reforms were the main tasks for the Lodha committee

On October 17, 2016 The Supreme Court reserves its order on the Lodha Committee's status report, which recommended the BCCI office bearers be "superseded" and a panel of administrators appointed to implement the court-approved recommendations. The court calls such a measure "extreme" but does not relent to the BCCI's request for more time. Anurag Thakur files an affidavit denying he had sought a letter from the ICC saying the Lodha Committee's recommendations were "tantamount" to government interference in the working of the board.

On October 18, 2016 The Supreme Court adjourns the hearing of the review petition filed by the BCCI in August challenging the July 18 order that approved the recommendations of the Lodha Committee.

The SC in its judgment had asked the BCCI to implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee, which had asked for sweeping changes in the way the board was running cricket at the centre as well as state levels.