India news July 12, 2017

CoA to BCCI: Adopt new constitution before September election

The CoA has been unable to get the BCCI to implement the Lodha Committee recommendations © AFP

The new BCCI constitution, as per the Lodha Committee's recommendations, needs to be in place in order for the board elections to take place at the annual general meeting (AGM) scheduled for September. That concern has been raised by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in its status report submitted in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The BCCI, and some of its state associations, has opposed adopting the new constitution despite the Supreme Court making it binding in an order on July 18 last year, and in two other orders in January this year. Various state associations also filed litigations to stall progress, and the court is scheduled to resume hearing the issue on July 14.

The CoA, in its status report, said the court needed to "ensure" the BCCI adopts the new constitution "well prior" to September, so that the elections are held in line with the Lodha Committee's recommendations. The CoA also asked the court to give an ultimatum that the state associations must adopt the new constitution by December this year.

The states were supposed to have aligned their constitution in line with the Lodha Committee recommendations a year after the BCCI adopted the new constitution. As per the timeline devised by the Lodha Committee, the original deadline given to BCCI to adopt the new constitution was September 30 last year.

The CoA argued that because the states had prevented the BCCI from adopting the new constitution - the board needs 3/4ths of its members to be in favour to implement it - they cannot be "permitted to take advantage of the delay". The CoA wanted the states to adopt the new constitution by December 31, one year and three months after the original deadline. "The new BCCI constitution can only be adopted if this Hon'ble court enforces the same."

In order to expedite the process, the CoA asked the Supreme Court to empower it under Article 142 of the Indian constitution to finalise the text of the new constitution, and direct the Registrar of Societies to give effect to the new constitution immediately after submission.

Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Bala on July 13, 2017, 14:58 GMT

    "This, "the CoA asked the Supreme Court to empower it under Article 142 of the Indian constitution to finalize the text of the new constitution, and direct the Registrar of Societies to give effect to the new constitution immediately after submission." is exactly what needs to happen."

    This is what should have happened when the CoA was appointed. Their role was transitory and only until the new administration could take over. Without the new constitution, there is no transition. They should have been equipped and empowered to do what they were appointed to.

  • Supratik on July 13, 2017, 13:04 GMT

    It's simple. SC needs to tell all states that if they dont implement the reforms, they cease being members of BCCI and remain non-members till the constitution is implemented.

  • Prateek on July 12, 2017, 15:26 GMT

    This, "the CoA asked the Supreme Court to empower it under Article 142 of the Indian constitution to finalize the text of the new constitution, and direct the Registrar of Societies to give effect to the new constitution immediately after submission." is exactly what needs to happen. Additionally, all state associations that have not adopted the reforms must be suspended immediately until they have done so.

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