SC to listen to case after two weeks

New Delhi, July 22

The Supreme Court listed for subsequent month the listening to over whether or not the Indian cricket board (BCCI) might amend its structure, together with adjustments that will permit president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to increase their tenure.

The BCCI has proposed a number of amendments to its structure which, if adopted, might undo a few of the most important reforms advisable by the Lodha Committee. The Lodha Committee, shaped after BCCI tried to brush underneath the carpet the 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting rip-off, was empowered by the Supreme Court to wash up cricket and BCCI’s governance.

A two-judge Bench comprising Chief Justice Sharad Bobde and Justice L Nageshwar Rao at present heard the case briefly over video-conferencing, and listed the matter tentatively for August 17.

The case being listed for August leaves some intriguing questions: Can Ganguly and Shah keep it up as officebearers with out the Supreme Court’s acquiescence? Ganguly’s time period involves an finish on July 27, whereas Shah’s time period ended up to now month, although there may be uncertainty over the precise date.

According to the BCCI structure, authorized by the Supreme Court, an officebearer is allowed to serve for 2 consecutive phrases spanning six years (at BCCI or a state unit, or a mix of each), after which a cooling-off interval of three years is obligatory. This rule was authorized by the Supreme Court in 2018, when it modified the clause regarding the cooling-off interval to 2 phrases (six years) as an alternative of only one (as acknowledged in its 2016 order).

In April, BCCI requested the court docket to think about the amendments to the structure, together with altering the cooling-off interval of officebearers, modifying the disqualification standards, giving better powers to the secretary, and stopping the court docket from having any say if the board wished to change the structure. The amendments have been unanimously authorized by the state associations that comprise the BCCI normal physique.

It stays to be seen whether or not the Supreme Court would permit BCCI to undo the years of labor completed by the Supreme Court-appointed committees, commissions and so forth, in a case during which multiple Chief Justice was concerned within the clean-up. — TNS

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