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BCCI draft constitution submitted in Supreme Court

October 30, 2017 20:17 IST

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra made it clear that it would not allow any plea now seeking to intervene in the ongoing proceedings, saying that they would be 'cruelly' rejected.

IMAGE: BCCI acting president C K Khanna, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary. Photograph: BCCI

A draft constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India was submitted in the Supreme Court in a sealed cover on Monday, incorporating suggestions of the Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body.

Also, the apex court, which had summoned BCCI office-bearers C K Khanna, Amitabh Choudhary and Aniruddh Chaudhry for allegedly coming in the way of the preparations of the draft constitution, took note of their personal appearance, and exempted them from appearing before it on November 29, the next date of hearing.

 

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra made it clear that it would not allow any plea now seeking to intervene in the ongoing proceedings, saying that they would be 'cruelly' rejected.

"In pursuance of an earlier order, the draft constitution has been filed. The personal appearance of the office-bearers is now dispensed away with," the bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.

Earlier, the bench had summoned the three officials after it was alleged that they had been stalling the process of framing of draft constitution, being framed in accordance with its judgement, and had warned them of serious consequences if they failed to give suggestions.

The top court had said that the draft constitution should include the suggestions of the Lodha committee in its entirety so that a holistic document can be placed before it for a final decision.

The three officials were also present in the court on Monday in compliance with its August 23 order summoning them to appear before it.

The court had earlier expressed its displeasure that the directions given by it and its order on the recommendations of the Lodha panel had not been implemented yet.

The bench had directed the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to prepare a draft constitution of the BCCI in terms of its earlier judgement and order on the Lodha panel recommendations.

The Justice Lodha panel had recommended a slew of structural reforms in BCCI which were approved by the apex court.

It had approved the Lodha panel's recommendations such as 'one state, one vote'; 'one member, one post'; and fixing an age-cap of 70 years on those occupying BCCI posts.

The Lodha panel was formed in January 2015 in the wake of the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee report that called for reforms within the BCCI.

The Mudgal panel had gone into state of affairs of the BCCI, following the betting and spot-fixing charges in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2013.

The court had in its July 18 last year verdict accepted most of the recommendations of the Lodha committee to reform the BCCI following charges of large-scale maladministration in the cash-rich cricket body.

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