The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order finalising the Constitution for the Board of Control for Cricket in India while prima facie indicating that it may modify some of the key recommendations of the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee to reform cricket administration in the country.
For one, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, who heads the three-judge Bench, said prima facie the court does not accept the three-year cooling-off period recommended by the Lodha panel for BCCI administrators before they contest elections in the Board.
Justice D.Y. Chandrachud seemed to agree with the BCCI lawyer’s objections that there should not be any cooling-off period for those who want to contest the election for a different post in the Board hierarchy.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and States of Maharashtra and Haryana strongly objected to having a cooling-off period. The TNCA submitted that the interruption would only spoil the rhythm and experience gathered by an administrator while in office. TNCA said a person’s tenure should not be a “start-stop-start-stop” phenomenon.
Meanwhile, the Bench, while finalising the BCCI Constitution, directed the State associations not to conduct elections in the interim. It asked the high courts to not entertain any plea in this regard too.
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