India court orders BCCI to enact clean-up panel's advice
NEW DELHI (AP) India's Supreme Court ordered the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday to withhold funding from state cricket bodies until they implement recommendations of a court-appointed committee to clean up administration of the national sport.
A three-man committee headed by former Justice Rajendra Lodha, was formed in the wake of a spot-fixing scam and alleged conflicts of interest.
The court ruled that state associations must submit affidavits committing to compliance with the Lodha recommendations in order to receive money from the BCCI.
The Supreme Court also ordered the BCCI to appoint an independent auditor to scrutinize its accounts and fix financial limits for contracts.
All high-value contracts would have to be cleared by auditors, the court ruled. The next major contract will be the broadcasting rights for the Indian Premier League, expected next week.
BCCI officials have also been ordered to file compliance reports to the Supreme Court within two weeks, indicating how much time the board and state cricket bodies would require to implement the reforms.
BCCI President Anurag Thakur had little to say on the court's verdict.
''Once we get a copy of the judgement, we shall respond,'' he said.
Meanwhile, Lodha was pleased with the Supreme Court's moves.
''The court has done what it thought was best,'' he said. ''Let's see to what extent the order is carried out by the BCCI.''
The Lodha Commission was set up by the Supreme Court to revamp the BCCI following corruption charges during the 2013 IPL. It recommended streamlining the election process, age and tenure limits for office bearers, and a more professional setup to run the board.
The panel consulted former India captains Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and Anil Kumble as well as journalists, historians, and lawyers.