Supreme Court directs BCCI to respond to Lodha report

Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice Ibrahim Kalifullah indicated that the BCCI would need to implement the recommendations made by the Lodha Commitee © AFP

The Supreme Court of India has asked the BCCI to let it know by March 3 whether it would implement the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee on January 4. The two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur, and Justice Ibrahim Kalifullah said it was happy with the Lodha report and had accepted it. The bench also indicated that the BCCI would need to accept and implement it as well.

“If you have any difficulty in implement it we will have the Lodha Committee implement it for you,” Justice Thakur told the BCCI counsel, a view he repeated several times.

In an oral submission before the court on January 25, the Cricket Association of Bihar, the original petitioner, wanted the bench to take up the matter for hearing. It was responding to a letter received from the court’s Registrar, who had written to both the BCCI and CAB informing it was placing the Lodha Report in front of the two-judge bench.

In its response, the BCCI’s legal counsel said that it had a lot of reservations. He told the court that BCCI’s three-man legal committee was scheduled to meet this Sunday to review the Lodha report. He also pointed out that the BCCI had sent the report to the state associations to individually seek their feedback. He told the court that there were certain anomalies found in the Lodha report and the BCCI would need more time to study and further review the Lodhal Panel recommendations.

However Justice Thakur dismissed the request for any extension, saying the court could allow spending more time for any further discussions. He also said the court was going to accept the Lodha report completely and implement it.

The BCCI then requested a little more time to respond where they would give some suggestions.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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