Re­con­sider Lodha panel re­forms in BCCI, govt tells SC

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha

NEW DELHI: The le­gal bat­tle over root-and-branch re­forms in the In­dian cricket board found a twist when at­tor­ney gen­eral Mukul Ro­hatgi ar­gued in the SC that the pro­posed­changeswar­ranted­abig­ger de­bate and must be re­ferred to a larger bench. His re­marks came on a day the top court was to name a set of ad­min­is­tra­tors for the BCCI, one of the rich­est sports as­so­ci­a­tions in the world. The­courtwillde­cide­thenames­for the pro­posed panel on Jan­uary 24, the next date of hear­ing.

A new bench of jus­tices Di­pak Misra, AM Khan­wilkar and DY Chan­drachud of­fered some respite­todis­qual­i­fiedad­min­is­tra­tors, mod­i­fy­ing a pre­vi­ous or­der that de­barred mem­bers from serv­ing sep­a­rate nine-year terms in the BCCI and its af­fil­i­ate as­so­ci­a­tions. They are now al­lowed to be in crick­e­tad­min­is­tra­tionfor18years.

The fresh di­rec­tive came af­ter it was pointed out that the court’s Jan­uary 2 and 3 or­ders con­tra­dict­e­drec­om­men­da­tion­sof theJus­tice RM Lodha com­mit­tee, which was formed to sug­gest ad­min­is­tra­tive re­forms in the BCCI af­ter the 2013 IPL match-fix­ing scan­dal.

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