New Delhi, October 17: Supreme Court on Monday reserved the order on the BCCI case related to implementing Lodha recommendations on Monday. BCCI president Anurag Thakur had earlier hinted at falling in line but wanted to seek more time from the Supreme Court.
The Court has now asked the BCCI to come up with a time-frame by when the Lodha reforms would be implemented. The BCCI, through its senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, requested the SC for more time implement the reforms. A deadline has not been set yet.
“The board has shown defiance and obstruction at every stage. Can BCCI give an undertaking as to in what time frame will they implement the pending reforms.” said the judicial bench. In his affidavit, Thakur denied the allegations that he has asked the International Cricket Council for a letter against the Lodha panel recommendations.
"I am filing this affidavit pursuant to the order dated October 7, passed by this court on whether I had asked the CEO of the ICC to state that the appointment of Justice Lodha Committee was tantamount to government interference in the working of the BCCI. "At the outset, it is denied that any such request was put forth by me to the CEO of the ICC," Thakur said in his affidavit.
Thakur said he had only pointed it out to the ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar that he, as the BCCI chief, had said that the panel suggestion to appoint the nominee of Comptroller and Auditor General on apex council amounted to governmental interference. "Therefore I requested him that being the ICC Chairman can a letter be issued, he said. However, Manohar told him that the matter was still undecided and pending before the court when he had made the statement.
The affidavit further said the apex court had later rejected BCCI's contention that the appointment of CAG nominee in the council would amount to governmental interference. The apex court had held that the ICC would appreciate that the appointment would bring transparency in the finances of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The apex court had on October 7 directed Thakur to explain by filing a personal affidavit, the allegation "whether he had asked the CEO of the ICC to state that the appointment of Justice Lodha Committee was tantamount to government interference in the working of the BCCI".
During its last hearing on October 6, the apex court had told the BCCI to either implement the Lodha recommendations or face consequences. The apex court had also prohibited the board from transferring funds to state associations that didn't implement the committee's recommendations.