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Odisha Cricket body to challenge Lodha Committee report in SC

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Feb 28:

Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) today announced that it would challenge the recommendations of the Lodha Committee report in the Supreme Court.

Ashirbad behera

As per information provided by OCA Secretary Ashirbad Behera, the association opposes some of the recommendations of the Lodha Committee including the voting pattern.

“I won’t comment on the Lodha Committee for submitting its report as it is a Supreme Court appointed committee, however, the report submitted is one-sided. We had sent copies of the report to all our affiliated units seeking their inputs and have received the suggestions from some of them. We have also discussed the issue with OCA council and legal experts. After thorough analysis, the council has authorised me to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court against the Lodha Committee before March 3,” said Secretary Behera briefing reporters today.

Explaining OCA’s stand, he 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. He went on to add that the Lodha Committee thinks that BCCI is the richest sporting body in the country and the report is an intentional move to dissolve the BCCI.

“BCCI not only spends money in conducting national and international events, but also donates funds for other sporting events. One can safely understand, how the report submitted by the Lodha Committee is one-sided from this,” Behera added.

Notably, the Lodha Committee has also recommended that a state unit can have only one full member with voting rights in a general body, which will be at the top of the structure.

Behera further added that BCCI will challenge the Lodha Committee report and a decision on this context has already been taken in its annual General Body Meeting held in Mumbai recently.

“In the BCCI General Body Meeting, it was unanimously decided that Venugopal would fight the case on behalf of the BCCI in the Supreme Court. BCCI has also empowered its Secretary Anurag Thakur to file an affidavit in the apex court on its behalf. So far as OCA is concerned, we haven’t finalised on our counsel, but I guess OCA would be the first intervener in the Supreme Court before March 3,” he added.