New Delhi, Oct 6: Stop wasting our time, the Supreme Court today (October 6) told the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) while directing it to implement the reforms suggested by the Justice RM Lodha Committee.
Shape up or ship out, the Supreme Court told the BCCI while directing it to abide by all the recommendations made by the panel. (SC accepts Lodha panel recommendations)
Give us an undertaking or we will pass orders tomorrow (October 7), a Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India said on Thursday.
Further the Supreme Court also directed the BCCI not to disburse funds to its state units. Do not hand out funds if they are unwilling to implement the Lodha panel recommendations, the SC also ordered. (BCCI misses 1st deadline on Lodha panel)
The Supreme Court will pronounce its orders after the BCCI told it that it could not give an undertaking. The BCCI remained adamant and said that it cannot give an undertaking not to disburse funds to state bodies and also abide by all the directions of the Lodha Panel.
Earlier, the Amicus Curae in the case Gopal Subramaniam suggested that the entire top brass of the BCCI be changed. He said that Rs 400 crore was disbursed to member associations to get them to vote against the Lodha panel reforms. (Some of Lodha panel recommendations too harsh: Gavaskar)
The CJI then remarked whether the BCCI office bearers have special skills. He also said that the BCCI chief, Anurag Thakur had played in one Ranji Trophy match (for Himachal Pradesh).
Kapil Sibal, appearing for the BCCI, said that Thakur is a cricket player. To this the CJI remarked, I was the captain of the Supreme Court judges team in a game against the Bar.
Sibal then remarked that he too had captained a team of lawyers against the judges of the Supreme Court. We had one that game, he said. The CJI jokingly then said were your cases dismissed after that?
"I am on a very difficult terrain here", Kapil Sibal said at the start of his arguments. The amount of Rs 400 crore was disbursed to associations as routine expense not as what is being alleged by the Lodha Panel, he also said.
The CJI then told Sibal, "you are here for difficult cases, the easier ones do not need you."