The Supreme Court on Monday (December 5) adjourned the hearing in the matter of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not implementing the directives of the Lodha panel in full to Friday due to the ill health of TS Thakur, the Chief Justice of India, who is part of the bench hearing the case.
The court, which last heard the case on October 21, had been expected to announce its verdict on Monday. On that occasion, it had passed an interim order telling the BCCI to not disburse funds to state associations pending the receipt in writing from the associations that they would embrace the Lodha panel recommendations in their entirety.
In its last status report submitted to the court on November 14, the Lodha committee had recommended that all current office-bearers of the BCCI and the state associations who did not meet the norms in the final Lodha panel report be removed and that GK Pillai, the former home secretary, be appointed as an observer to guide the governing body in administrative works, including the awarding of contracts, transparency norms and conduct of future domestic, international and IPL games.
Last week, the BCCI held a Special General Meeting (SGM) in New Delhi where it maintained its opposition to some of the reforms recommended by the Lodha committee, among them the one-state, one-vote directive, age and tenure cap for office-bearers, the cooling off period of one term following a three-year term in office, and the restructuring of the working committee into an apex council.