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Supreme Court raps top BCCI officials

Last updated on: September 21, 2017 17:29 IST


IMAGE: The BCCI's acting secretary, Amitabh Choudhary Photograph: BCCI

The Supreme Court has warned three top officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India of serious consequences if they do not give suggestions on the cash-rich cricket body's draft constitution, in accordance with its judgment.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said the draft constitution should include the suggestions of the Lodha committee in its entirety so that a holistic document can be placed before the apex court for a final decision.

During the hearing, the bench, which also comprises Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, expressed anguish over the "obstinate behaviour" of the three office-bearers -- C K Khanna, Amitabh Choudhary and Aniruddh Chaudhry, which, the top court said, was coming in the way of preparing the draft constitution.

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

On the last date of hearing, the apex court had expressed its displeasure that the directions given by the apex court and its order on the recommendations of the Lodha panel have not been implemented yet.

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

The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) had earlier targeted Chaudhary in the apex court for allegedly disregarding the court's direction by inviting disqualified cricket administrators to attend the board's meetings.

The court, however, had said it would first go by the COA's fourth status report and then look into the contempt petition filed by the CAB.

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

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