Top BCCI officials meet Srinivasan; come under COA scanner
Board of Control for Cricket in India's treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary and joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary came under scanner of BCCI's Committee of Administrators after they were present at an unauthorized meeting conducted by former BCCI president N Srinivasan. Both Aniruddh and Amitabh have always been close to Srinivasan. The meeting was also attended by former BCCI officials ousted by the Supreme Court verdict.
The Lodha Panel was appointed by the Supreme Court to recommend changes in the current structure of Board of Control for Cricket in India. On 4 January 2016, the panel came up with recommendations and the SC ordered the BCCI to look into and implement them. However, the BCCI disagreed with the panel's recommendations and filed an affidavit, which was thrashed by SC.
On 28 September, when former justice RM Lodha turned to the Supreme Court saying that the BCCI was not complying with orders of the court, the SC warned the board to 'fall in line' and gave them time to explain themselves on non-compliance of orders.
At the Special General Meeting (SGM) held in Mumbai, the BCCI decided not to accept key recommendations of the Lodha Panel. The eight hour marathon meeting ended with the BCCI agreeing to implement some of the 'important recommendations' suggested by the panel. The BCCI has to respond to the Lodha Committee's status report in the apex court by October 6.
The BCCI rejected the "one-state, one-vote" policy which brings in rotational vote in states with more than one association. It has also outright rejected the recommendation of age limit of 70 for officials, three-year cooling off period, and nine-year tenure. BCCI chief Anurag Thakur said, "Wherever we found any legal challenges or practical difficulties, we didn't accept those recommendations of the panel".
The BCCI agreed to form special committee for the differently-abled and women. It has also agreed to form a Players Association and improve their representation in the Committee. Along with that, the board has agreed to give voting rights to associate members as per the ICC guidelines. BCCI will also form an Apex Council as per the recommendation, but with certain modifications.
The Supreme Court has barred the BCCI from transferring any funds to state associations, including funds allocated toward organizing and executing matches. The court stated that the freeze would remain in effect until the court can validate the undertakings submitted by state associations for compliance with the Lodha reforms. The court has asked BCCI to respond in 2 weeks.
The Supreme Court has removed the two most powerful men in BCCI, President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke for not complying with the orders of the apex court to implement the Lodha Panel reforms. The court said that the decision has also been taken on the charges of perjury on the BCCI chief and has asked him to apologize.
The Supreme Court today nominated a four-member panel to look after the administration of the BCCI. Former CAG Vinod Rai, historian Ramachandra Guha, banker Vikaram Limaye and former captain of women's cricket team Diana Edulji will look after the BCCI's administration until formal elections are held. Limaye and BCCI's Amitabh Chaudhary will represent BCCI at the ICC meet in February.
In a new turn of events at the BCCI, the Supreme Court appointed panel has decided to sack board officials appointed by former president and secretary. BCCI's Committee of Administrators in a meeting said that the staff appointed by former president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke will be relieved. The CoA has also told BCCI not to appoint any staff without their approval.
The CoA has asked BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to shut down the BCCI's office in Delhi, rented by Anurag Thakur. The committee said that there was no need of the office and all the employees will be given a three-month salary before being relieved.