Lodha Panel Halves Deadline For BCCI To Implement Reforms

Supreme Court-appointed committee also asks BCCI secretary Shirke to file status report by Aug 25

Qaiser Mohammad Ali/New Delhi
Lodha Panel Halves Deadline For BCCI To Implement Reforms
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Lodha Panel Halves Deadline For BCCI To Implement Reforms

The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee on Tuesday advanced the deadline by three months for implementing the wide-ranging reforms in the BCCI recommended by it and set October 15 as the new, stricter deadline.

While delivering the judgement in the 2013 IPL betting-fixing case on July 18, the Supreme Court had given the BCCI up to six months to implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee. The six-month period would have ended on January 17.

The Lodha Committee gave the new deadline to BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke on Tuesday after he was summoned by the three-member panel at a Delhi hotel. The committee also told the BCCI to file a status report on implementation by August 25. The committee had summoned both BCCI president Anurag Thakur and Shirke. But Thakur, also an MP, didn’t reach the venue possibly because a Parliament session is under way.

It was immediately not clear as to why the Lodha Committee advanced the deadline for the BCCI. A thought is that the recent stubborn stand taken by the BCCI and the hiring of retired Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju, who heavily criticised the Lodha panel, could be a reason for that.

While terming the Lodha panel a “bogus” entity on Sunday, Katju blasted that he had suggested to BCCI officials against meeting the committee on Tuesday and instead file a review petition in the apex court.

But by sending Shirke to meet the Lodha Committee, the BCCI has clearly not heeded Katju. Now it remains to be seen if the BCCI will also ignore Katju’s advice to file a review petition. The BCCI has time till August 17 to file the petition.

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