The Lodha Committee on Monday petitioned the Supreme Court to put former home secretary G.K. Pillai as an observer at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to oversee the award of contracts and holding of matches, including those of the cricket Indian Premier League.
“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 committee said. “…G.K. Pillai, former Union home secretary, be appointed as the observer.”
The committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha, has made these points its third status report.
The Supreme Court had earlier accepted most of the reforms suggested by the committee to bring transparency in the affairs of the cash-rich BCCI.
The Supreme Court was also urged to order the BCCI to drop all office-bearers who do not meet the conditions on age, citizenship and tenures cleared by the apex court in its July 18 order.
The BCCI is at present run by a CEO who is assisted by managers.
In its July 18 order, the Supreme Court had cleared the committee’s suggestions that bureaucrats and ministers be kept out of the BCCI, and that members should not be over 70 years old, among other things.
In its latest report, the Lodha Committee has pointed out that several office-bearers at the BCCI and the state associations do not meet these conditions, but continue to hang on.
“It is submitted that those individuals who fall foul of these norms be declared to cease to hold office forthwith,” the panel said.
Aditya Varma, secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar, who had filed the case in the Supreme Court on the issue, welcomed the move of the panel, saying that many states like Bihar would benefit from it.
In its July 18 order, the Supreme Court had left the task of implementing the reforms to the Lodha Committee, asking it to do the needful within “four months or at best six months from today (July 18)”.
The committee said the BCCI has not complied with its timelines.