SC issues show-cause notice to top BCCI office-bearers

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Coming down heavily on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the three board members - acting president C K Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary - to explain why they have not implemented any of the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel previous year, adding 'this shuttling and re-shuttling will not be allowed.' It directed the trio to be personally present on September 19 to explain their position.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra was told by the apex court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) that none of the recommendations of the Justice Lodha panel and the directions given by this court have been implemented. The bench, also comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, asked Choudhary to personally appear before it on September 19 to explain the issue. It also asked the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), managing the affairs of the board, to draft a new constitution on the basis of its last year's directions by August 30.

"The BCCI's Special General Body meeting on July 26 did nothing to implement the Justice Lodha panel recommendations", he said. While drafting the Constitution, the CoA would however keep in mind the July 24 Supreme Court order red-flagging the three issues of membership, number of members of selection committee and concept of associate membership. The CoA found that the board had failed to fully comply with the implementation of Lodha reforms.

The Bench said it would open the floor for all stakeholders to debate the draft constitution once it was handed over to the court.

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It said that any other aspect can also be raised by the member associations on the next date, but these must be of "acceptable sanctity" and issues should not be raked up only for the sake of raising them.

Choudhary, who is the BCCI acting-secretary, and acting-treasurer Chaudhry were accused by Supreme Court's amicus curiae and senior advocate Gopal Subramanium of being the "hidden, preponderant voices in the SGM of July 26 who just did not want to implement the Lodha reforms".

The apex court said that on September 19, it would also consider the issue of two names which are to be chosen to fill up the vacancies that have arisen in the COA.

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