BCCI Has Created a ‘Mutually Beneficial Society’, Says SC
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up the Indian cricket board, this time over allocation of funds to state associations, pointing out that fund allocation to 11 of the 29 states in the last five years was zero.
The court said the impression is that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gives money to state boards without any rationale and in a way corrupts them. It pointed out that funds were distributed like a ‘mutually beneficial society’ without any rationale.
“BCCI must have distributive justice. Why are the 11 states penniless? Why should these states go begging?” the court asked. Chief Justice of India TS Thakur asked that if the state of Gujarat gets .₹ 66 crore, why should the north-eastern states only get .₹ 50 lakh.
“How do you expect neglected states to develop if you don’t give them money. For six years, not a penny was given to Bihar. You have done nothing to promote the game,” Thakur said.
In its reply, BCCI said it had begun activities in Union territories to promote the game and the board also gave help to all affiliate and associate members alongside full members.
“Arunachal Pradesh and Bihar did not give audited accounts, that’s why they did not get funds from 2010,” it said.
The court also pulled up the board for opposing the implementation of Justice Lodha committee’s recommendations to make BCCI more accountable and to clean up cricket.