SC Allows BCCI To Release Funds For India-England Test

New Delhi: In a huge relief for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the cricket board to disperse Rs 56 lakh to host the first Test between India and England at Rajkot. (We cannot pay for your hotel and travel bills, BCCI tells England team)
Earlier in the day, the BCCI had moved to the Supreme Court seeking funds for the Rajkot Test, which is to start from Wednesday.
Appearing before a bench of Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, senior counsel Kapil Sibal had argued that unless the BCCI was allowed to release the funds, the Rajkot match would be cancelled.
As Sibal mentioned the matter for an urgent hearing, the counsel for the Lodha panel Gopal Subramaniam told the court that BCCI was in breach of the Court’s October 21 judgment.
Subramaniam said funds can’t be released till the BCCI complies with the directions issued by the Lodha panel and endorsed by the top court. (England tour put in jeopardy by BCCI president and secretary)
Sibal had said: “Even if we (BCCI) are in breach of the Court’s directions, let Lodha Committee disburse the funds.” He said that the match would be cancelled if funds were not released.
Lawyer Gopal Shankarnarayan, who is secretary to the Lodha panel, said that in the course of the last hearing of the matter by the bench of Chief Justice T.S Thakur, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, the bench had said that if BCCI refuses to give an undertaking and it affects the holding of a match then let it be so.

BCCI has been barred by an Supreme Court interim order to enter into any fresh contracts without the consent of the Lodha committee who are to appoint an auditor who would set a threshold limit for spending. But the order does not bar the BCCI from executing a cricket tour and paying for the visiting team from its rich reserves.

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