SC Orders BCCI to Adopt Constitution in Four Weeks
The Supreme Court last fortnight ordered that the finalized constitution be registered in four weeks under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1976, and asked member associations to ensure conformity of their constitutions with the BCCI’s and register them in 30 days, clearing the way for elections under the Committee of Administrators’ supervision. It junked Lodha committee reforms like the one state-one vote rule and relaxing the cooling off period for officials while finalizing the board’s governance code and increased number of selectors from three to five.
The court recognized the validity of BCCI’s traditional structure and the cricketing legacy of associations like Vidarbha and Mumbai in Maharashtra and Baroda and Saurashtra in Gujarat and reinstated these entities as full members of the board with voting rights. The one state-one vote rule had extinguished their representation while giving voting rights to states with feeble cricketing presence, raising fears of proxy or dummy voting.