SC pulls up BCCI for ‘pro­long­ing’ im­ple­men­ta­tion

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

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court made it clear on Thurs­day that the BCCI could not “pro­long or fil­i­buster” the Lodha panel’s rec­om­men­da­tions to change the cricket board’s func­tion­ing, in­clud­ing bring­ing it un­der the RTI law and mak­ing it ac­count­able to the CAG.

A bench headed by chief jus­tice TS Thakur also di­rected the board to fur­nish de­tails of funds it re­leased to state cricket bod­ies in the past five years and asked it to ex­plain whether there was any mech­a­nism to mon­i­tor their ex­pen­di­ture.

“This is the eas­i­est way to pro­long and fil­i­buster it [im­ple­men­ta­tion of the rec­om­men­da­tions]. All of you [state cricket bod­ies and the BCCI] knew of the hear­ing be­fore the panel and none of you ap­proached it. But, you all have come here now with your griev­ances,” the bench told the BCCI coun­sel and lawyers of var­i­ous state as­so­ci­a­tions who moved court with their ob­jec­tions to the panel’s rec­om­men­da­tions. The bod­ies have re­quested the top court to re­fer the mat­ter back to jus­tice RM Lodha for a re­view.

Not giv­ing a firm opin­ion on the plea, the court sim­ply re­marked, “It’s an ex­pen­sive panel. The ex­er­cise has cost the BCCI a lot of money.” The bench, also com­pris­ing jus­tice FMI Kal­i­ful­lah, how­ever, added that ei­ther the court would ex­am­ine the is­sues com­pletely or ask jus­tice Lodha to have a re-look at se­lec­tive points. The court will con­tinue the hear­ing on March 18.

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