The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s ‘legal move’ may not cut ice with Lodha panel

MUMBAI:BCCI president Anurag Thakur along with BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke during a press conference in Mumbai on Sunday. PTI Photo by Shashank Parade(PTI5_22_2016_000112B)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s move to appoint a legal panel to liaise with the Lodha committee doesn’t seem to have cut ice with the Supreme Court appointed panel.

The BCCI working committee, which met in Mumbai on Tuesday, picked a legal team to become a single point interface, advice and guide the board. But according to sources, the Lodha panel would choose “whom to interact with” rather than meeting the BCCI appointed panel – which doesn’t have much of a standing.”If the panel has decided to meet BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, they can’t appoint another set of legal minds to interact with the Lodha panel. If they have been summoned, they would have to come and meet the panel in person,” a source close to the panel told TOI on Tuesday.Which means if Justice (retired) Markandey Katju and his team turn up at the August 9 meeting between the Lodha panel and BCCI, they may not be allowed to enter the meeting room.”Katju can’t represent any legal counsel of BCCI because he has been a Supreme Court judge. The Lodha panel isn’t going to entertain any legal counsel when the top brass of BCCI are supposed to have a meeting with the Supreme Court appointed committee,” the source saidThe Lodha panel may also have reservation against meeting board’s legal council memberAbhinav Mukerjee, who also represents BCCI’s boss Anurag Thakur in the Supreme Court.”If a council member is representing the BCCI president in the Supreme Court, the Lodha panel may raise certain raise objection to his participation. The panel may also raise question about his dual role,” the source added.

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