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Lodha panel report: Supreme Court warns BCCI to fall in line

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court today pulled up the BCCI and asked it to ‘fall in line’. The reprimand came in the wake of the Lodha panel’s report that the BCCI had failed to implement its recommendations on the functioning of the board.

In a status report, the Justice RM Lodha panel has recommended the immediate supersession of the top brass of the BCCI, including president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, for violation of the 18 July judgment according to which cricket’s richest body was to implement the recommendations.

The panel has accused the BCCI of delaying the proposed reforms and violating the apex court’s directives. A report in ‘The Hindu’ noted that the Lodha committee wants a panel of administrators set up to ensure a smooth transition between the old and new systems.

The Supreme Court bench today said, “If the BCCI thinks they are law unto themselves, they are wrong. When the high powered committee gives its report, we don’t expect this sort of conduct from the BCCI. Fall in line; otherwise, we will make you fall in line. The BCCI is bringing the system to disrepute by not following the directions.”

According to Lodha panel’s report, the BCCI was stalling reforms at every stage and was flagrantly violating the directions issued by the apex court. It complained that the board had ignored court orders and the panel’s recommendations on the number of selectors, manner of conducting meetings and preparing a roadmap for time-bound reforms.

The matter will next be heard on 6 October.