Supreme Court approves BCCI draft constitution with relief to members

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The Supreme Court has approved the draft constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India with modifications, which bring some relief to the officials and the State and other affiliated bodies of the board.

The three-judge Bench, headed by the Justice Dipak Mishra, has directed the BCCI and the State associations to adopt the “Constitution in letter and spirit”. The Court-appointed Committee of Administrators has been tasked to monitor the developments. The CoA is also asked to report on any non-compliance by the State and affiliated associations.

However, the final verdict on the case has brought respite to the BCCI officials, who faced an uncertain future in the board in wake of the Justice Lodha Panel recommendations, which advocated sweeping changes in cricket governance in the country.

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The Supreme Court has struck off the “One State-One Vote” policy and relaxed the cooling-off period norm, allowing two consecutive terms to the office bearers as against the one recommended in the reforms.

The Court ruling will grant each of the existing cricket bodies in Maharashtra and Gujarat a full-member status and the voting right in the board. The State of Maharashtra will now have the Maharashtra Cricket Association, Mumbai Cricket Association and Vidarbha Cricket Association as independent entities in the board with the full member status and the right to vote and participate in the BCCI AGM.

In Gujarat, too, the Gujarat Cricket Association, Saurashtra Cricket Association and Baroda Cricket Association will get the same benefits.

The Court has also granted full membership to the Railways, Services and the Association of Indian Universities (Combined Universities). The court has taken these body’s contribution to the sport and existence for over 100 years into consideration. These bodies will have full right to vote and attend the Board AGMs now.

The Bench has also relaxed the norm over “Cooling off” period. Instead of a three-year cooling off period after every term, the Court has allowed two consecutive terms to the office-bearers.

The Committee of Administrators will stay and monitor the implementation of the Draft Constitution. The court has directed the CoA to report back anomalies, if any, in the implementation of the Constitution by the State bodies.

The draft is final and binding on the BCCI and its affiliate associations.

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