oppn parties Supreme Court Comes Down Hard on BCCI

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  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Supreme Court Comes Down Hard on BCCI

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Lodha Committee
Some people can see the writing on the wall and change themselves accordingly. Others see it but are so arrogant that they feel they can wipe it off. The people who run the BCCI fall in the second category. They have seen the Supreme Court deliver a hard hitting judgment in the past which suggested reforms in the BCCI, including the overhaul of its outdated and closed Memorandum. The court had appointed the Lodha committee to go into all aspects of the functioning of the board and suggest ways it could be reformed.

BCCI finds committee recommendations unimplementable
Now that the committee has come out with a set of comprehensive measures, the BCCI is saying that most of them are “unimplementable.” It doesn’t come as a surprise as this kind of attitude was expected from the people who run BCCI because they seldom look beyond their own noses. But times have changed. The Supreme Court has time and again said that since the BCCI runs cricket which has a mass following, generates revenues surpassing that of many companies and selects a team that is known as the Indian cricket team, it is answerable to courts as well as the people and cannot be run as a closed club.

Court will not allow power without responsibility
The cozy arrangement that the BCCI has spawns a culture of power broking and back scratching which leads to development of unshakeable power centres. When this is coupled with the patronage of ministers, bureaucrats and politicians, the cocktail becomes cloudy and is detrimental to the game. BCCI wants power without responsibility. The court will not allow this. It has categorically said that if the BCCI does not implement the suggested reforms quickly, it will get the Lodha committee to implement them. In the interest of the game, BCCI should do the needful and get back to the court with solid reasons why it cannot implement those that it considers unimplementable.