SC directs CoA to formulate draft constitution; issues notices to BCCI office-bearers

Supreme Court directs to draft new BCCI constitution- InsideSport

The Supreme Court on Wednesday has directed the Committee of Administrators to formulate a draft constitution for the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

A three judge bench, headed by Mr Justice Dipak Misra and also comprising Mr Justice AM Khanwilkar and Mr Justice DY Chandrachud, has also issued show-cause notices to the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, president CK Khanna and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary. The trio has been asked to explain that why the action should not be initiated against them for not implementing the Lodha Panel report.

The apex court expressed displeasure over its directions on the Justice Lodha panel report not being implemented so far.

The Bench has also directed that the Supreme Court-appointed CoA shall prepare a draft Constitution with respect to the order. The BCCI members are also advised to give their suggestions on the draft.

Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, assisting the court as amicus curiae, told the bench that three BCCI office-bearers — CK Khanna, Amitabh Chaudhary and Anirudh Chaudhary, were the persons responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Justice Lodha panel and the apx court’s directions, but they have not done that so far.

Cricket Association of Bihar had filed a contempt petition against the BCCI acting secretary for allegedly disregarding the court’s direction by inviting disqualified cricket administrators to attend the board meetings. The court, however, had said it would first go by the COA’s fourth status report and then look into the contempt petition filed by CAB. The matter will be heard on September 19, the next date of hearing.

The apex court has directed that the trio must be present on September 19, when the matter will be heard next. Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramanian had told the Bench that the BCCI hasn’t implemented any point of July 24 order.

Earlier, in its fifth status report submitted to the Supreme Court, the Vinod Rai-led CoA had called for the expulsion of the current office bearers of the board for non-compliance of the court’s orders to implement the Lodha reforms. Taking into account the court’s order dated January 2, that ousted Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from their positions with the board, the CoA requested the three-member bench for the removal of acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry and acting president CK Khanna.

The CoA had also noted that in the absence of a working committee, administrators and not the office-bearers needed to be given the authority to manage the board’s affairs. The CoA had also added that the office bearers were limiting the role of the board CEO Rahul Johri.