New Delhi: The Justice RM Lodha panel has given BCCI time till October 15 to implement the constitutional reforms recommended in its report. BCCI has been directed to submit a first compliance report to Lodha Committee on implementations by August 25. Following the summons sent by the Lodha Panel, BCCI is to appear before the panel on Tuesday. The BCCI has decided to follow former top court judge Markandey Katju's advice to ignore summons by the Lodha panel. The decision may make BCCI to stand in contempt of court.
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Ajay Shirke, BCCI secretary, wrote to the panel on Sunday night, asking for the meeting to be deferred. However, the request was turned down by the panel. The Lodha Panel was set up by the Supreme Court in January 2015 in order to determine punishments to those accused in the IPL betting and spot-fixing.
The panel comprises of retired Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha, and retired Supreme Court judges, Ashok Bhan and R Raveendran. The report submitted by the panel recommends the age and tenure restrictions for top BCCI officials, including the ways to clean up the national past-time which sank in betting and match-fixing scandals.
Previously, the Lodha panel had given two-year suspensions on IPL teams; Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals after Chennai team principal Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan co-owner Raj Kundra were found to be in contact with illegal gamblers during the 2013 IPL.
Meiyappan, son-in-law of former International Cricket Council chairman Narainaswamy Srinivasan, and Kundra were banned for life from cricket administration.