Fall in line, ac­cept Lodha panel re­port: SC to BCCI RE-LAY­ING THE PITCH FOR BCCI

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha bhadra.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Supreme Court on Thurs­day un­equiv­o­cally told the BCCI to im­ple­ment the Jus­tice RM Lodha com­mit­tee rec­om­men­da­tions for dras­tic struc­tural changes in the board to en­sure trans­parency in its func­tion­ing, say­ing it won’t get a “se­cond in­ning” to de­fend it­self. “The best thing is to fall in line and fol­low the sug­ges­tions to save the trou­ble. We have seen the re­port. All the mem­bers have been heard, their views have been taken. Now you have to take a re­al­is­tic view of the mat­ter and do ac­cord­ing to the rec­om­men­da­tions,” a spe­cial bench headed by CJI TS Thakur told the BCCI coun­sel.

“We can’t start a fresh process of de­bate. There is no se­cond in­nings for you,” the bench, also com­pris­ing jus­tice FMI Kal­i­fulla told BCCI coun­sel Shekhar Naphade dur­ing hear­ing of the Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion of Bi­har’s plea seek­ing a di­rec­tion to the board to im­ple­ment the Lodha panel re­port.

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