Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Mar 2:
The Supreme Court will hear Odisha Cricket Association’s (OCA) plea opposing implementation of Justice Lodha Committee recommendations on March 4, said OCA Secretary Ashirbad Behera today.
OCA had moved the apex court yesterday seeking to be impleaded in the hearing as it found serious problems in implementing Justice Lodha Committee recommendations.
In a mentioning before the apex court bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, OCA counsel had told the court that these recommendations would have a bearing on the entire organisational set-up of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The court had allowed the Odisha unit to file its application for intervention.
Earlier on February 28, OCA Secretary Behera – after consultation with OCA council and legal experts announced that the organisation would move to the apex court against the recommendations. Explaining OCA’s stand, he had pointed out that the Committee has recommended age limits and restricted the terms of office-bearers even though there are no such rules in the parliamentary democracy of India among others.
Notably, on February 4, the apex court had asked the BCCI to accept in “toto” the recommendation of the Justice Lodha Committee on the structural reforms of the apex cricketing board.
Impressing upon the BCCI the significance of the report, the court had said, “The report deserves respect as it is given by the most competent and well-meaning members of the legal fraternity.”
The apex court-appointed Justice R.M. Lodha Committee made a host of far-reaching recommendations for improvement of the cricket administration in the country, including limiting the term for the BCCI office bearers with cooling off period and separate governing bodies for the BCCI and the Indian Premier League (IPL).
It also recommended bringing the BCCI under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, legalisation of betting, uniformity in structure of state associations, and a one-state-one-member (vote) pattern for the BCCI governing body.
The BCCI and Cricket Association of Bihar have also moved Supreme Court against the Lodha Committee recommendations.