BCCI submits sealed draft constitution in Supreme Court

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BCCI submits sealed draft constitution in Supreme Court
BCCI submits sealed draft constitution in Supreme Court

New Delhi : BCCI on Monday submitted a draft constitution in Supreme Court in a sealed cover with incorporation of suggestions by Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms of cash-rich cricketing body.

The Apex Court will hear the case on November 29 and has exepmted BCCI office-bearers C K Khanna, Amitabh Choudhary and Aniruddh Chaudhry from personal appearance during the hearing.

The three were summoned by the Apex Court for allegedly hindering prepation of the draft constitution of BCCI.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra made it clear that it would not allow any plea now seeking to intervene in the ongoing proceedings, saying that they would be “cruelly” rejected.

“In pursuance of an earlier order, the draft constitution has been filed. The personal appearance of the office-bearers is now dispensed away with,” the bench, which also had Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.

The top court had suggested BCCI to implement changes suggested by the Lodha committee so that a holistic document can be placed before it for a final decision. The three officials were also present in the court in compliance with its August 23 order summoning them to appear before it.

The court had earlier expressed displeasure that the directions given by it and its order on the recommendations of the Lodha panel had not been implemented yet.

The Justice Lodha panel had recommended a slew of structural reforms in BCCI which were approved by the apex court.

It had approved the Lodha panel’s recommendations such as ‘one state, one vote’; ‘one member, one post’; and fixing an age-cap of 70 years on those occupying BCCI posts.