BCCI de­nies it has vi­o­lated SC or­ders

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

The cricket board de­nied disobey­ing the Supreme Court or­der to bring changes in the or­gan­i­sa­tion in ac­cor­dance with the RM Lodha com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions, but de­fended its de­ci­sion to con­tinue with the old sys­tem.

The Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) made these re­marks on Wed­nes­day when it filed an af­fi­davit in re­sponse to the top cour­tap­pointed panel’s sta­tus re­port, which says the world’s rich­est cricket body had ig­nored sug­ges­tions for re­forms.

A bench headed by Chief Jus­tice TS Thakur will hear the re­sponse on Thurs­day.

The Lodha panel, formed in Jan­uary 2015 as a fol­low-up to the court-ap­pointed probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fix­ing scan­dal, had in its re­port sought the ouster of the board’s top brass, in­clud­ing pres­i­dent Anurag Thakur, for non-com­pli­ance of its rec­om­men­da­tions.

The com­mit­tee also com­plained that the board flouted sug­gested guide­lines at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Septem­ber 21, which in­cluded tak­ing a de­ci­sion to form a new na­tional se­lec­tion com­mit­tee.

The se­lec­tion panel, ac­cord­ing to the BCCI, will meet on Thurs­day to pick the squad for the ODI series against New Zealand.

The BCCI sought to stick to its old sys­tem, say­ing the Tamil Nadu So­ci­eties Act gov­erns it and the law al­lows cer­tain priv­i­leges such as adopt­ing a res­o­lu­tion with ma­jor­ity votes.

Its re­sponse says board mem­bers were told the panel’s re­port has to be ac­cepted in to­tal­ity.

Jus­tice Lodha:

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