The Supreme Court has approved a payment of ₹ 3.62 crores for Diana Edulji and Vinod Rai for their tenure in the Committee of Administrators. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has been advised to release the payment within 48 hours of the order passed on Tuesday afternoon.
The court has also passed an order on the proposal to pay the CoA members on a pro-rata basis for the period of their service in the CoA. The bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao has approved the proposals submitted in a sealed envelope.
Among other recipients, historian and cricket writer Ram Chandra Guha has declined to receive his paycheque of ₹ 40 lakh, while another member Vikram Limaye, who were to receive ₹ 50.5 lakh, has reportedly refused to accept the payment. Ravi Togade will also be paid on a pro-rata basis.
All CoA members will be paid ₹10 lakh per month for the period of 2017, ₹11 lakh for 2018 and ₹ 12 lakh for.
“The BCCI shall bear all costs and expenses that have been incurred by the Committee of Administrators and the Electoral Officers including costs towards legal representations in the present proceedings or any other proceedings that have been or may be initiated against them with regard to discharge of their functions as a Committee of Administrators and Electoral Officers respectively,” read the order.
Guha, meanwhile, said he didn’t expect to be paid for his tenure in the outgoing Committee of Administrators and had made this clear in the CoA’s very first meeting. He declined a payment of ₹40 lakh along with another former CoA member, banker Vikram Limaye, who was to be paid Rs 50.5 lakh.
“I had indicated in the first meeting itself that I did not expect or want any payment,” Guha told PTI.
Limaye has also refused to accept the payment due to him, citing the same reason, according to a source in the Board.
The Vinod Rai-led CoA, which demits office today (Wednesday), was originally a four-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court on January 30, 2017.
The 61-year-old resigned from it in July 2017, citing personal reasons, while Limaye also put in his papers subsequently to take charge as the Managing Director and CEO of National Stock Exchange (NSE).
Guha’s resignation letter later created a storm as he lambasted the BCCI for failing to address the conflict of interest issue with regards to players and coaches holding multiple positions.
He also criticized the handling of Anil Kumble as the then coach of the national team, saying that his tenure should have been extended.
Kumble stepped down after a public fallout with captain Virat Kohli following the Champions Trophy in 2017. Guha had slammed the “superstar culture” in the Indian team.
Guha was also critical of the CoA’s functioning, saying that it did not do enough to implement the reforms mandated by the apex court.