New Delhi, Oct 18: In yet another setback for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court today (October 18) rejected a review petition that challenged the order which upheld the recommendations made by the Justice RM Lodha Committee.
The BCCI had sought for a re-look at the Supreme Court's July 18 verdict which had upheld the recommendations of the committee headed by former Chief Justice of India, R M Lodha.
The panel had suggested various reforms to the board. The committee was set up to overhaul the rules, membership and rules of the BCCI.
The BCCI had sought for a review of the verdict which was delivered by a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur.
While seeking a review, the BCCI said it wanted a five-judge Bench to hear the matter and also added that CJI Thakur should not be part of it.
The review was filed after former judge of Supreme Court, Justice Markandey Katju in his interim report to the Board had said that the July 18 verdict smacked of judicial overreach.
He also said that verdict was unconstitutional. Justice Katju had also said that the Lodha Panel report should have been passed on to Parliament for law making.
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On Monday (October 17) the Supreme Court reserved order on Lodha Panel's plea to appoint an administrator for the BCCI.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur also said that it would decide whether the Lodha panel should vet the big expenses of the BCCI.
The BCCI during the course of the arguments said that it would need more time to implement the Lodha panel reforms.
The BCCI president, Anurag Thakur had told the Supreme Court that he did not ask ICC CEO, David Richardson to write a letter that the Lodha panel reforms amounts to interference.
Thakur stated in the affidavit that he had met ICC chairman Shashank Manohar on August 6 and 7 in Dubai at a meeting. I told Manohar to reiterate his stand that the Lodha Panel reforms amounts to interference, he also said in the affidavit.