SC Directs BCCI Not To Give Funds To States

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New Delhi: Cracking the whip on a “defiant BCCI” for not implementing the Justice R M Lodha Committee directions, Supreme Court on Friday restrained the cash-rich cricket body from disbursing funds to state bodies any further till they filed affidavits promising to abide by the panel’s recommendations in “letter and spirit”.

The apex court, which warned the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from “precipitating” the issue, also directed its President Anurag Thakur to explain by filing “personal affidavit”, the allegation that he had asked the ICC in a communication to say that implementation of the apex court-ordered reforms would amount to govermental interference and lead to BCCI’s disqualification from international cricket.

Long-standing cricket administrator Ratnakar Shetty, currently BCCI’s General Manager (cricket operation), was also directed by the top court to come clear by placing on affidavit copies of the document and BCCI resolution that authorised him to file affidavits on its behalf before the Lodha panel, which had passed a slew of directions for massive restructuring of cricket bodies in the country.

Shetty was asked to file a personal affidavit enclosing the resolution which authorised him to make statements relating to the response made in pursuance to Lodha Committee report.

Both Thakur and Shetty have been directed by the apex court to file separate affidavits within 10 days before the matter is taken up for further hearing on October 17.

In a short interim order which allayed all apprehensions about any hindrance to the domestic criketing season, a bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur also directed the 12 state associations to freeze the amounts received by them from BCCI through the September 30 Special General Body Meeting till they agreed to the reform measures.

It also made it clear that the amount of INR 16.72 crore each disbursed to 13 state cricket associations should not be spent till they filed affidavits and resolutions before the Lodha panel and the apex court that they would implement the directions in letter and spirit for reforms.

It warned those state cricket associations, which have received the funds but failed to adopt a resolution and undertaking under affidavit before the Lodha Panel and the apex court to abide by directions for reforms, that they would be forbidden from spending the funds which should be kept in fixed deposits.