Lodha panel vs BCCI: SC dismisses Indian board's petition seeking review of court's verdict on reforms
On Monday, the board asked for more time from the Supreme Court in order to convince the state associations to 'fall in line.'
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a review petition filed by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to look into the verdict passed by the court in the Lodha panel logjam.
BCCI had asked the court to consider a review of the verdict passed on July 18, where it accepted the majority of the Lodha Committee recommendations and had given board a time of six months to implement the sweeping reforms.
The order was delivered on July 18 by the two-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice of India TS Thakur and Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla, which has been hearing the case since January.
Meanwhile on Monday, the board asked for more time from the Supreme Court in order to convince the state associations to 'fall in line.'
The BCCI managed to get some more time, through its senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, who requested the apex court for more time to implement the reforms. While the court has reserved its order, there has been no deadline set for the same.
On Monday, BCCI president Anurag Thakur also filed an affidavit saying he did not ask the International Cricket Council (ICC) to write a letter to Lodha panel.
Thakur told the apex court that he had not asked ICC CEO Shashank Manohar to state that the appointment of Justice R M Lodha committee would "tantamount to government interference" in the functioning of BCCI.
"I am filing this affidavit pursuant to the order dated October 7, passed by this court on whether I had asked the CEO of the ICC to state that the appointment of Justice Lodha Committee was tantamount to government interference in the working of the BCCI.
"At the outset, it is denied that any such request was put forth by me to the CEO of the ICC," Thakur said in his affidavit.
Thakur said he had taken part in a recent ICC meeting where he had pointed out to the ICC chief that he, as the then BCCI President, had taken a view that Justice Lodha panel recommendation on appointment of a CAG nominee in the apex council would amount to governmental interference and may invoke action of suspension of the Board from the ICC.
(With PTI inputs)