BCCI gets more grief in Supreme Court for slow pace of re­forms

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

The Supreme Court was sur­prised on Fri­day at the BCCI’s ag­gres­sive stance against the Lodha panel re­port and the court’s ju­ris­dic­tion over the mat­ter, say­ing the board was not “keen to re­form”.

BCCI (Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia) coun­sel KK Venu­gopal told a bench headed by chief jus­tice TS Thakur the board was a pri­vate body and not amenable to a re­view by the court. He ar­gued an in­di­vid­ual could ap­proach the regis­trar of so­ci­eties if ag­grieved with the board’s func­tion­ing.

“You are ar­gu­ing I refuse to be re­formed. What you are try­ing to say is that I can’t be ques­tioned. I can be taken to the po­lice sta­tion or the court of law if I do any wrong. But I refuse to be re­formed?” the bench said when Venu­gopal chal­lenged the top court’s ju­ris­dic­tion to dic­tate the board.

Venu­gopal’s ag­gres­sive pos­tur­ing came days af­ter the court pulled up the board for dis­tribut­ing funds to state bod­ies with­out an au­dit.

But the court re­mained un­con­vinced. “You mean to say you can have money worth thou­sands of crores. You can dis­trib­ute the money, on which you can ask no ques­tion, can­not main­tain con­trol, but you can­not be held ac­count­able? Is the money that BCCI has not in trust with you to be spent in the right way?” it asked the board.

The bench said the board had failed to act against al­le­ga­tions of match fix­ing and bet­ting.

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