Committee of Administrators accuses Anirudh Chaudhry of not showing courage to implement Lodha Committee reforms. BCCI says the CoA is creating a false impression about the BCCI treasurer.
In a very aggressive and explosive fourth and final status report, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has lambasted BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry and disqualified officials like former boss N Srinivasan. Placing before the Supreme Court CoA said, “Chaudhry lacks the courage and conviction to implement the reforms despite filing an affidavit to that effect in court,” says an India Today report.
However, a senior BCCI member from North Zone has dismissed the allegations as baseless and false. “This an absolutely wrong impression being created about Anirudh. In fact, it is Anirudh who has been trying to build a consensus even as he has been subjected to abuse. He remains a constructive minority in the board meetings. He talks sense as he is trying to persuade all board members to agree on all good things in the report,” told the member on condition of anonymity.
The CoA, while accusing the treasurer, had also called the actions of Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah disruptive and subversive and say they are both acting with vested interests. India Today, CoA have also submitted audio recordings of BCCI meetings to substantiate their claims. The case is up for hearing on 14 July.
India Today has also published parts of the 37-page report.
Earlier on June 26 at the BCCI’s Special General Meeting (SGM), Srinivasan took the lead in resistance to Lodha reforms citing ‘the 19 affidavits State units had filed with various courts over difficulties in implementing the July 18th 2016 Supreme Court order.’ “We can’t go back on them,” he had told the members.
This was picking up from his tense communication to Committee of Administrators (CoA) head Vinod Rai a day earlier that there wasn’t much to talk on the reforms as the matter was subjudice. The meeting closed in 15 minutes.
At the SGM, to justify his argument of not being able to implement the order in current form, Srinivasan even batted for former office bearers Ajay Shirke and Anurag Thakur with whom he was once at logger heads with.
He had told the members they had lost their place in legal battles to preserve the BCCI autonomy and it would not be fair to modify position in their absence.