SC Restrains BCCI From Releasing Funds to State Cricket Associations

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to not release funds to 12 state cricket associations and barred the remaining 13 associations from spending the amount already released to them, till they accept the Justice Lodha committee reforms in “letter and spirit.”

Passing this interim order, a bench of chief justice T.S. Thakur and justices A.M. Kanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud  indicated that it will consider passing a final order on October 17, when hearing will resume.

Soon after Thakur read out the operative portion of the order, BCCI counsel Radha Rangaswamy told the bench “we do not have the intention not to obey the recommendations and are not running away. We just have certain technical impediments.” The CJI told her “Don’t worry we intend to remove all your impediments. Please don’t precipitate matters. It is not a pleasant task for us to pass such orders. Go in the right direction, file an affidavit of undertaking.”

The bench said the amounts can be released only after the concerned state associations pass a proper resolution to the effect that it is agreeable to undertake and to support the reforms as proposed and accepted by this court in letter and spirit. Upon such a resolution being passed, a copy of the same shall be filed before Justice Lodha Committee with an affidavit of the President of the State Association concerned unequivocally undertaking to abide by the reforms as proposed by the committee and accepted and modified by this court.

The bench said the 13 associations shall not appropriate the said amount except after they have passed a resolution and filed an affidavit before Justice Lodha Committee and before this court. In case the affidavits are not filed, the amount disbursed to the state associations shall be invested by the associations in a term deposit subject to further directions of this court. The bench said other aspects of the recommendations will be considered on the next date of hearing.