A face-off between the Indian cricket board and the judiciary intensified on Thursday as the BCCI refused to guarantee compliance with a sweeping set of reforms and the Supreme Court threatened to dismiss the leadership of the world’s richest sports body.
Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said the apex court will pass an interim order on Friday after the Board of Control for Cricket in India said it wasn’t possible to give an immediate undertaking to follow all recommendations of the SC-appointed Lodha panel.
“The BCCI’s defiance is a clear case of civil and criminal contempt,” former CJI RM Lodha told the SC.
Earlier in the day, the court told the BCCI that it should have waited for the Lodha panel to form guidelines for disbursal of funds for releasing Rs 400 crore to state associations at a meeting on September 29.
“I think we are forced to come to a situation where the BCCI is asking for their suspension by this court,” said Thakur.
Under one of the many Lodha committee recommendations, the BCCI can only clear past dues but not make plans for the future at its meetings.
But the board defended its decision, saying the amount released was meant to clear due expenses in the 2015-16 financial year and not the future.
The Lodha panel – formed last January as a follow-up to the court-appointed probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal – had complained to the SC that the BCCI was stalling any effort to change its old system of functioning.