Lodha panel seeks removal of BCCI top brass

| Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 13:20
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New Delhi: Pulling up the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Lodha panel on Wednesday submitted its report in the Supreme Court saying that the BCCI was not implementing its recommendations and suggested measures for improving the functioning of the cricket body. 
The panel also sought the removal of the BCCI top brass after reports stated that the BCCI went ahead with the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and violated the recommendations that had come from Lodha panel on the reforms of the BCCI.
The panel has filed its status report seeking appropriate direction against the governing body.
Speaking to NewsX, Justice RM Lodha said, "BCCI has violated panel's recommendations and we have brought that to SC's notice."
Lodha panel in its report has said, "BCCI defied SC orders. SC said "You (BCCI) are behaving like Lords. Fall in line else we will make you fall in line."
On September 26, the Lodha committee had said that it will file a status report to the Supreme Court to highlight how the cricketing association was not implementing its reform proposals.
According to reports, Lodha panel pleaded to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) for an early hearing to which he said, "We will hear the matter."
The Supreme Court has given BCCI time till October 6 to respond to the Lodha panel's report accusing board of stalling reforms at every step.
However, a month ago, BCCI in a petition filed in the Supreme Court had sought the review on the court's decision on July 18, where it had accepted most of the recommendations filed by the Lodha panel.
The BCCI, in its petition, said that the bench headed by TS Thakur had a "prejudiced approach" against the BCCI.
"The judgment was a nullity as the judges were functus officio after passing of the main judgment of January 22, 2015 and the matter could not have been revived suo motu as no provision of law empowers the same and is contrary to the doctrine of separation of powers and contrary to settled law that the judiciary cannot make laws," mentioned the plea. 
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