The Committee of Administrators (CoA) has reminded the BCCI's office bearers that it remains firmly in charge of the board's administration and management. In a fresh directive issued on Thursday, it said the office bearers will function "subject to the supervision and control" of the CoA.
Effectively the CoA has dismissed the office bearers' decision to not heed to its directives after they were told they could not take any independent decisions.
Over the past couple of weeks the BCCI office bearers - Amitabh Choudhary (acting secretary), Anirudh Chaudhry (treasurer) and CK Khanna (acting president) - have met the CoA on a few occasions, including on Wednesday, to the discuss the extent of their powers. The office bearers have insisted they are governed by the BCCI constitution, which allows them total control of the board.
The office bearers have also called a special general body meeting (SGM) of the board on April 9 in Delhi to discuss the fallout of the various Supreme Court orders concerning the implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations.
The CoA is aware of the attempt by the office bearers to create a parallel power structure. To avoid any confusion, the CoA sent the directive to the office bearers and state associations on Thursday, which it said "supersedes" all its previous notices. "The existing office bearers and the CEO shall be bound to act in accordance with the directions of the Committee of Administrators and shall aid, assist and cooperate with the Committee of Administrators," the COA said in a three-page directive.
In another step that curtails their freedom, the office bearers as well as the various BCCI committees have been asked to inform the board's chief executive officer Rahul Johri of any decisions they take and any meetings they call. Johri will then relay the information to the CoA. "All communications between the office bearers and any employees/retainers/consultants of the BCCI shall be copied to the CEO. The CEO shall keep the Committee of Administrators fully apprised of the actions being taken by the existing office bearers and may, for that purpose, call for any information/documents from any person that he considers necessary."
Going forward, the agenda of any board meeting would need to be sent to Johri as well. The person who chairs the meeting will also need to send the outcomes of the meeting to Johri on the same day it takes place.