Lodha Committee vs BCCI: Supreme Court proceedings as it happened
The Apex court came down hard on the BCCI and warned of stringent measures if the Lodha recommendations are not met.
As the war between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Lodha committee continues, the Supreme Court is all set to pass a final decision on Friday, October 7th. The decision is most likely going to order the BCCI to comply with the Lodha Committee recommendations – something which the BCCI has refused to comply with since the inception of the Lodha Committee.
The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to examine the RM Lodha panel’s plea to supersede the office bearers of the BCCI with a panel of administrators, led by the Chief Justice of India T.S Thakur.
Here are the key updates from the meeting which occurred today.
11:40 IST: The Chief Justice of India TS Thakur asks the BCCI to respond to the facts exposed by Dave Richardson, who is the CEO of the ICC in his exclusive interview with India Today, where he had exposed BCCI's last bid effort to resist Lodha reforms.
11:43 IST: Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramanium comes down heavily on Justice Markandey Katju.
"I have never seen a former judge of the supreme court holding press conference and making remarks about sitting judges of this Court," Subramanium tells SC.
11:57 IST: T.S Thakur went on to ask Ratnakar Shetty about how he knew about the conversation between Anurag Thakur and Shashank Manohar and what's the basis of his allegation. Ratnakar Shetty is the head of operations of the BCCI.
12:04 IST: Lodha Committee talks about how BCCI has failed to implement their recommendations time and again and how BCCI appointed Katju was the one and only interface between the committee and the BCCI. Lodha Panel goes on to say how 7 items were to be implemented by September 30, but BCCI has not adhered to any of them
12:19 IST: Lodha Panel tells SC that BCCI is being defiant by not implementing the reforms suggested by them and about how many mails were sent to BCCI but have remained unanswered. They also go own to say how the BCCI has been distorting facts in the media
BCCI responded by telling the SC that most of the recommendations of the Lodha Committee have been rejected through a voting system
12:41 IST: SC asks Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam to identify new administrators if the BCCI's top brass gets ousted .
12:43 IST : The Lodha Panel once again argues that Katju is the only interface of communication between the two parties.
Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam tells the SC that the losing side now won't comply with the Supreme Court order.
12:49 IST: The Supreme Court goes on to make the claims of Anurag Thakur being a cricketer.
13:10 IST: TS Thakur goes on to say that the BCCI is asking for their suspension by not agreeing to the Lodha recommendations.
13:14 IST: “Disbursement of Rs 400cr is not routine. Don't give money till a disbursement policy is formed. Ask the committee first before disbursement,” Supreme Court tells BCCI
13:20 IST: The Chief Justice of India asks the BCCI if their administrators have special skills and reiterates the fact that Anurag Thakur has played only one match in the Ranji Trophy.
Kapil Sibal, representing the BCCI says that Anurag Thakur is a cricketer. TS Thakur sarcastically responds by saying he also is a cricketer and is the captain of the Supreme Court Judges’ cricket team.
14:14 IST: The Supreme Court has given two options - Either elects new administrators, or Lodha panel gives the Indian board more time to "fall in line."
14:49 IST: Chief Justice Thakur furious about the fact that the States voted against the Lodha reforms.
14:58 IST: “Will you give the undertaking to implement Lodha committee reforms unconditionally or will the court have to pass an order?” Supreme Court asks the BCCI
Final verdict: BCCI refused to give an undertaking that it will comply with Lodha recommendations. Supreme Court will pass order on October 7, Friday.