BALL IN SC’S COURT

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Aug 2017 11:31:35


THE scathing report submitted against the acting office-bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has once again stated the obvious -- of BCCI’s adamance and brazenness.

That the cricket board’s unrelenting officials are daring even the highest court of law in the country is a sorry commentary on a few individuals’ lust for power. Despite a clear verdict delivered by the Supreme Court last year, laying down norms needed to run cricket administration, the BCCI is still acting contrary to it.

The CoA, now reduced to two from the original four, too, has been at the receiving end of the manipulating tactics of the BCCI officials including acting president CK Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary. Most of the state units, too, are toeing the line of their bosses, however against the law they are.

Hardly a few have adopted the reforms laid down by the Justice RM Lodha committee. Others, on the guidance of their mentors, are still finding out ways to delay the inevitable.

This is gross contempt of the Supreme Court which the apex court may not take lightly. The CoA has kept briefing the court about the happenings -- mostly wrong -- in the BCCI through its Status Reports. The latest report should be the final nail in the coffin. The report has also exposed the greed of the BCCI officials through misappropriated perks and allowances. The expenditures include whopping amounts on various trips of the BCCI secretary and the treasurer.

These are the perks that the BCCI officials do not want to let go. It is this greed that has kept the ‘cosy club’ together. And it is the root cause behind their reluctance to implement the Lodha Committee reforms. Some smart brains have also misconstrued the SC order, interpreting it for their own benefits and at the same time challenging the domain of the CoA in running cricket administration. The SC showed great alacrity while dealing with corruption and conflict in the richest cricket board in the world two years ago and threw out the likes of N.

Srinivasan and Anurag Thakur. Somehow it is taking time to deal with the present violations despite the CoA’s exposing. The ball is now in the SC’s court. Possibly it’s time for final verdict.