Appointment of Markandey Katju is illegal, it trouble for BCCI, says expert


New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to turn to former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju to ‘advice and guide’ the Indian cricket board, currently looking to implement the recommendations of the Lodha Committee in six months’ time.

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Katju’s panel, which also includes three other counsels, will be the single point interface for the BCCI to interact with the Lodha Committee. Lawyer Rahul Mehra felt this move by the BCCI could mean trouble for the board. “This is another tactic from the BCCI for delaying the process as much as possible. This could be BCCI’s death knell as this could make the Lodha Panel more determined,” Mehra told media.

Mehra, though, was not surprised by the BCCI’s move. “It was a given that the BCCI would not easily let go of its supremacy. So many people have made money out of the BCCI… Katju and his panel are another addition to that long list. “The world and cricket lovers around are watching this rigidness of the BCCI officials. If so much effort was put in the development of the game, it would have grown further. There are many conspiracy theories floating around that the BCCI may take the Parliament route to quash the Supreme Court’s judgement. By not adhering to the verdict, they are only going to do more damage to their already tarnished reputation,” Mehra remarked.

A BCCI SGM has also been convened in New Delhi on August 5, which will discuss the Supreme Court verdict. Following that, BCCI president, Anurag Thakur, and secretary, Ajay Shirke, would meet the Lodha panel in New Delhi on August 9.

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