Supreme Court approves new BCCI constitution with modifications, relaxes Lodha reforms

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

The failure in doing so will invite action, the court has warned.

During the hearing, the bench clarified that it won't tinker with the main judgment of 2016 but has agreed to modify orders pertaining to contentious reforms before ratifying the new constitution with the necessary corrections. After a term in a particular post, why can not an office bearer contest another post? The Supreme Court also gave full memberships to Saurashtra, Vidarbha, Mumbai Cricket Association, Vidarbha Cricket Association, railways, services and varsities association.

In an earlier observation, the Supreme Court bench had stated that the "One-State-One-Vote" and "cooling-off period" clauses from the Lodha Committee-proposed reforms could be reconsidered.

The bench had observed that there were associations more than a century old that had been actively contributing to the development of the sport in India.

Dealing with the issue of cooling-off period and disqualification of the BCCI office-bearers, the bench said a person would have to go through a cooling-off period after holding a post in the board for two consecutive terms.

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The age (70) and tenure caps (three terms of three years each) and the cooling off period (three years) between successive terms have been continuously objected by the BCCI and its state associations with several top administrators including N. Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah and Sharad Pawar standing disqualified from continuing in their posts.

The apex court's three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, had made the decision keeping in view the fact that cricket associates and former great players of many states have played historic roles which can not be left out.

The Lodha panel was formed in January 2015 in the wake of the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee report that called for reforms in the BCCI. Thakur has also had consecutive terms as joint secretary, followed by secretary and then president - the post from which he was removed by the Supreme Court.

The CoA, has since witnessed the exit of two of its members, Ramachandra Guha and Vikram Limaye, and are left with Vinod Rai, who heads the committee, and former India cricketer Diana Edulji.

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