New Delhi: In a major setback to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Apex Court today barred the cricket governing body from releasing any funds to its state affiliates until they give an unconditional undertaking that they will comply with the organisational reforms as recommended by the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee.
The SC bench headed by Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur also said that the state associations of the BCCI will not disburse the funds already given to them by the country’s apex cricketing body till they file an unconditional undertaking that they will implement the Lodha Committee recommendations.
The court has asked BCCI President Anurag Thakur to file a personal affidavit stating whether he has written to International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman David Richardson, asking the game’s world governing body to take a stand that the Supreme Court judgement and the Lodha Committee recommendations would amount to government interference in the affairs of the BCCI.
The BCCI has already disbursed funds to 17 state units. Around 13 state units are yet to receive any funds from the BCCI and the apex court has stated that the board must not disburse any money to them until they give an undertaking that they will abide by the directives of the Lodha panel.
The Supreme Court had lashed out at the BCCI last week, warning that the board will be forced to comply with the Lodha panel verdict if they did not implement the suggested changes by October 6.
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal, on Thursday, appeared on behalf of the BCCI, has pleaded before the court that it would be difficult for the BCCI to give an unconditional undertaking by Friday that it will hold back the funding of its state affiliates who would resist organisational reforms.