More than a year and a half after the Supreme Court bench comprising of Chief Justice of India TS Thakur appointed the Lodha commission to recommend structural changes in the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the board has filed a curative petition challenging it.
The apex court had empowered the Lodha panel to come up with plans to run the BCCI and passed an order on July 18 this year to implement most of those.
Though the BCCI has already filed a review petition challenging the July 18 order, it remains unclear why the board didn't file a curative petition earlier. One understands that with the September 30 deadline issued by Lodha panel approaching fast, this new petition might after all drag the process for some more time.
Though the review petition can be rejected straight up by the CJI, the curative petition can't be dismissed at a single go. One understands that it will be taken up by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court.
It is reliably learnt that in the petition, the BCCI has stated that forming the Lodha panel was unconstitutional as the board comes under the Tamil Nadu Societies Act. One board official confirmed that the petition has already been filed.
“It's a last resort. Though curative petitions are very rare, we waited for some time because the review petition had already been filed,” he said.
Curative petitions are normally filed to ensure that there is no miscarriage of justice. Following the SC directive, the BCCI also paid the three-member Lodha panel until the time they filed the reports. The BCCI top brass are all set to meet Lodha panel on September 25.