BCCI Has Cre­ated a ‘Mu­tu­ally Ben­e­fi­cial So­ci­ety’, Says SC

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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.

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