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SC orders Lodha panel not to entertain any plea if not referred

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the Justice R M Lodha committee, which had recommended a slew of structural reforms in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), should not entertain any representation unless it is referred to by the top court.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said this after counsel appearing for the Lodha panel, also comprising former apex court judges Ashok Bhan and R V Raveendran, sought a clarification on whether they should deal with the grievances in “respect of certain matters”.

“In our considered opinion and keeping in view the order dated 2 January, the Justice Lodha Committee may not entertain any further representation unless it is referred to by this court,” said the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.

It said “the role of the Justice R M Lodha committee shall hereafter be confined to overall policy and direction on such matters as may be referred by this court”.

The Lodha panel was formed in January 2015 in the wake of the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee report that called for reforms within the BCCI.

The court had in its 18 July verdict last year accepted most of the recommendations of the Lodha committee to reform the BCCI following charges of large-scale maladministration in the cash-rich cricket body.