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Lodha Panel report: SC slams BCCI asks what you have done for cricket’s betterment

The Supreme Court on Tuesday hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the poor state of cricket in the country.

Shashank Manohar-AV

Hearing Indian board’s appeal against the sweeping reforms suggested by Lodha panel, the apex court said BCCI’s mandate is to promote cricket in the country but it has not done anything to develop it.

In a scathing attack on the activities of the cricket board, the apex court said, “BCCI has created a mutually beneficial society.”

Questioning why eleven states were penniless, the court observed that the BCCI must have distributive justice.

Why should these states go begging? the top court asked.

The Supreme Court wants the BCCI to implement the proposals made by former Chief Justice RM Lodha and his panel. The proposals are aimed at bringing administrative reforms in the world’s richest cricket body (BCCI).

The BCCI presented a report in the SC on its plans to implement the recommendations made by the panel headed by retired chief justice RM Lodha in order to prevent sporting frauds and conflict of interests.

“You (BCCI) have allocated Rs 480 crore in one year to state cricket associations for the development of cricketing infrastructure. In the past 20 years, more than Rs 2000 crore have been given approximately.

“Have you monitored these funds as how it is being utilized. There is no credible monitoring mechanism to look at whether even infrastructre has been created or not,” a bench headed by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur had said.

The bench, also comprising Justice FMI Kalifulla, sought to know the details of funds the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has allocated to the states like Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura in the past five years.

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