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Lodha Panel seeks dismissal of top BCCI authorities

Ajay Shirke
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary, Ajay Shirke speaks during a news conference. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

Justice RM Lodha committee has asked for all the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office bearers to be sacked, in a report submitted to the Supreme Court, on Monday. The strong request was has been made due to the noncompliance with the implementation of the Lodha Recommendations.

The Lodha panel, in its report, also asked the SC to appoint former home secretary GK Pillai to supervise the Indian cricket board’s operations, as an observer, it has been learnt. BCCI and Lodha panel have been at loggerheads, with the former suggesting that not all the recommendations by the SC-appointed committee can be implemented. According to the Lodha report, Pillai will have to appoint new auditors for BCCI, as the new observer, apart from overseeing the overall operations.

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“It is submitted that those individuals who fall foul of these norms be declared to cease to hold office forthwith,” the Lodha committee stated in its status report.

“While the day to day administration of the BCCI is presently carried out by the CEO and certain Managers who assist him in this regard, there would be a need to appoint an Observer who would guide the BCCI in its administration, particularly with reference to the award of contracts, transparency norms, audit, etc., for domestic, international and IPL cricket to be played hereafter,” the report added.

It is understood that the apex court of the country will now hear the panel’s plea and subsequently pass a judgement.

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