In another blow to the beleaguered BCCI, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has said in its first status report that the Board has not implemented a single step enumerated in the two sets of the timelines issued by the Lodha Committee last year for implementation.
The CoA, headed by former CAG Vinod Rai also comprising historian and cricket fan Ramchandra Guha, Vikram Limaye, the managing director-cum-CEO of Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC), and former India women's team captain Diana Edulji, has submitted the status report as per the January 30 order of the Supreme Court.
At that hearing, the counsels of the BCCI, the Lodha Committee and the amicus curiae had put forth different views vis-à-vis implementation of the two sets of timelines. While BCCI counsel Arvind Datar said that many measures suggested by the Lodha Committee have been implemented, Gopal Sankarnarayan, secretary of the Lodha Committee, disagreed, mentioning that virtually no measures have been taken up, neither at the BCCI nor at the state associations.
After hearing them, the bench, headed by Justice Dipak Mishra and also comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud, directed the CoA to ask the BCCI CEO to submit a compliance report with the court. The bench also directed the CoA to scrutinise the compliance report and submit a status report in four weeks. “With regard to the terms and conditions of the CoA, the CEO of BCCI shall place the proposal before this court,” read the January 30 order. The court set the next date of hearing on March 6.
In its first status report, accessed by Outlook, the CoA dealt with the two sets of timelines. The report comprises “status as per CEO” of the BCCI, Rahul Johri, and “observations” of the CoA.
In its report, the CoA remarked on all of the measures that the Lodha Committee wanted the BCCI to implement. “Step not complied with” is said against all of the 11 measures.
And none of the four measures mentioned in the second set of timelines were also not taken up by the BCCI.
Qaiser Mohammad Ali is in Bengaluru