SC dismisses BCCI’s review petition on reforms

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court dismissed on Tuesday a BCCI petition seeking a review of the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel and made their implementation binding on the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

The BCCI has been opposing key reforms by informing the apex court that the state associations are not willing to adhere to Lodha committee recommendations and unless state associations vote in favour of them with three-fourths majority, BCCI cannot implement them.

The key reforms that are opposed by the state associations include one-state-one-vote, one-man-one-post, tenure caps for top officials and age restrictions.

On Monday, the Supreme Court had reserved an order on the implementation of the Lodha panel reforms and asked the BCCI to come up with a fresh timeline by which they would be accepted by the Board and its state units.

On July 18, the Supreme Court had approved a slew of proposals suggested by the RM Lodha panel. These were binding on the BCCI and aimed at making the cricket board transparent in its governance.

The BCCI review petition appealed that the Chief Justice of India to recuse from the hearing the review and refer it to a five-judge bench. Presently the case is with a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Thakur.

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