Supreme Court Refuses to Stay BCCI Elections

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain a plea seeking stay on the BCCI elections scheduled to take place on May 22.

The Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) moved the Supreme Court seeking stay of Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) election for office bearers and to bar chargesheeted candidates from contesting as suggested by the R.S. Lodha Committee.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur is among the candidates against whom chargesheet has been filed.

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The plea was mentioned before a vacation bench of Justices AM Sapre and Ashok Bhushan that refused to hear the plea, saying it is has been heard before and regular bench is already hearing it. The apex court asked the petitioner to approach the bench, which passed the earlier order.

Counsel appearing for CAB said that it is an urgent matter as the election is scheduled for May 22 and only 21 days’ notice has been given for the elections.

The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee had earlier in their report recommended the legalisation of betting in Indian cricket.

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The Lodha Committee also suggested the appointment of three authorities with distinct roles.

The Lodha panel proposed that the second authority would be the ethics officer, who will administer the issues relating to conflict of interest, behavior or corruption.

The panel said that the ethics officer would be a former High Court Judge.

The other recommendations include a Steering Committee headed by former home secretary G.K. Pillai with Mohinder Amarnath, Diana Eduljee and Anil Kumble as its members.

The Lodha committee was appointed by the apex court last year to make recommendations to the BCCI in order to prevent frauds and conflict of interest in cricket administration.

The apex court had appointed senior advocate Gopal Subramanium as amicus curiae in the matter and sought his assistance to explore as to how the recommendations of Justice Lodha committee favouring large-scale structural reforms, which BCCI and other boards have been resisting, could be implemented.

The apex bench asked the CAB to mention the matter before vacation registrar for listing it before another bench, noting that it is already being heard by a regular bench.