In a fresh blow to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee on Monday recommended that certain officials who do not fulfil the criteria laid out by it, should be removed from their post. The panel, in its report, has also sought the appointment of former Home Secretary GK Pillai as the observer of the board.
In a fresh status report filed to the top court, the panel headed by former Chief Justice of India Justice R M Lodha has recommended former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai to be appointed as the Observer to oversee the administration of the cricket board.
The panel, tasked with reformation of cricket administration in the country, has asked the SC that the Observer be empowered to appoint Auditor and all necessary secretarial staff, assistance and remuneration as may be determined appropriate by the Committee.
The recommendations by the SC-appointed Lodha Committee are the latest development in the ongoing stand-off between the apex court and the Anurag Thakur-led national cricket board over the running of the game in the country.
"Direct and declare that all office-bearers of the BCCI and the state associations who are disqualified by virtue of the norms at Para 4 (above 70, Minister or government servant, holding a post in any other sports body, has been a BCCI office-bearer for a cumulative period of nine years or has been charged by a court for criminal offence) above cease to hold office forthwith," the Lodha panel's status report said.
The panel also directed BCCI Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri to look after all administrative and management matters of the board.
"Direct that all administrative and management matters be carried out by the CEO of the BCCI without advertence to the Office Bearers."
"Appointment of G.K. Pillai, former Union Home Secretary, as the Observer of the BCCI to supervise the administration of the BCCI by the CEO and empower the Committee to appoint all necessary secretarial staff, assistance and fix remuneration as may be determined appropriate," the report further added.
The BCCI has been saying that its impossible to implement all the panel’s proposals, which include an age and tenure cap for top officials. Last month, the court had given a deadline of December 3 to BCCI president Anurag Thakur and the 13 state associations in the country to implement the reforms proposed by the Lodha Committee, putting on hold disbursal of funds to state associations till they promised to do that.