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IndiaSC stops BCCI funds to State Cricket Asso

SC stops BCCI funds to State Cricket Asso

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Bars them from using the board's funds till they accept the Justice Lodha Committee reforms in “ and spirit.”

The Supreme Court on Friday closed shut the funding of the 25 State associations of the Board of Control for in (BCCI), barring them from using the board's funds till they accept the Justice Lodha Committee reforms in “letter and spirit.”

A bench, led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, ordered that the BCCI will not disburse Rs. 16.73 crore each to 13 State associations as per a decision taken in the Special General Meeting (SGM) on September 30.

These 13 associations are yet to receive their share of a pay-off made by a private sport channel to the BCCI regards the broadcasting rights of the Champions Trophy and T20 tournaments.

In a short order, Chief Justice Thakur said the pending Rs. 16.73 crore and any future funds would be released to them only after they passed a resolution to undertake to comply with the Lodha reforms and filed affidavits before both the Lodha panel and the Supreme Court attaching copies of such a resolution.

As far as the remaining 12 State associations are concerned, the Supreme Court barred them from using the Rs. 16.73 crore already disbursed to them by the BCCI on September 30 until they filed a resolution to implement the Lodha Committee reforms, followed by affidavits in the Supreme Court and the Lodha Committee.

In case the dozen associations continue to resist the Lodha reforms, the money disbursed to them would be invested in fixed deposit accounts until they change their minds, said the court.

The court ordered BCCI president Anurag Thakur to file a personal affidavit to explain allegations raised by Cricket Council (ICC) CEO David Richardson that he was urged by the BCCI to write a letter saying that the Supreme Court judgment to appoint a Comptroller and Auditor General nominee on the Board would amount to governmental interference.

Senior advocate and amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium brought Mr. Richardson's allegations to the court's notice on Thursday.

The court found that the BCCI had denied the allegation, saying Mr. Richardson was “confusing himself.”

“Is he [Mr. Richardson] still the CEO? Does he know that he is being maligned… the accusation is that David Richardson made a false statement that the BCCI asked him to issue a letter,” Chief Justice Thakur said during the hearing on Thursday.

BCCI counsel said it was not “running away” and would file the affidavits in court. “We just have certain technical impediments,” counsel submitted.

Don't worry we intend to remove all your impediments. Please don't precipitate matters. It is not a pleasant task for us to pass such orders. Go in the right direction,” Chief Justice Thakur replied.

 

The apex court had warned that there would be no domestic cricket matches if the BCCI and its members do not fall in line with the Lodha Committee reforms. On Thursday, it threatened to pass an order within 24 hours to stop all BCCI payments to the State cricket associations for hosting domestic matches, including the Ranji Trophy.

 

The court had wanted the BCCI to give an undertaking by October 7 to “unconditionally” comply with the reforms of the Lodha Committee upheld by the Supreme Court.

 

The BCCI, represented by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, had responded “it was not possible” for the Board to persuade all the member State associations to fall in line within the next few hours. It had submitted it could hardly coax compliance from the States as they had a mind of their own.

 

“They [State associations] cannot say ‘give us money, but we will not reform.' Tell them that if they want money from you [BCCI], first reform,” Chief Justice Thakur warned on Thursday.

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