The Supreme Court of India has lashed out at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pointing out several inconsistencies in their functioning. It said that BCCI’s mandate is to promote cricket, but it has failed to do so.
Hearing BCCI’s affidavit on the implementation of the Lodha Panel recommendation, SC was severe in its criticism. It raised questions over unequal allocation of funds to different state bodies. It said that funds are distributed like “mutually beneficial society” without any rationale.
“Impression one gets is that once BCCI gives money to state boards without any rationale, they in a way corrupt them”. SC in its observation said, “Are the state allocations made after looking at people’s face in the cricket board?” BCCI had earlier submitted a list of contribution given to state cricket bodies, of which 11 associations didn’t get anything. SC also questioned why cricket board belonging to North East India are given peanuts compared to other states. SC said that the board should follow distributive policy.
The Indian cricket governing body also opposed the induction of CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) representatives within the board. It said that the ICC may take it as the government’s interference and will likely disfranchise the board for violating its rules.
Meanwhile, the apex court had asked for the chart of funds allotted to state bodies by the BCCI in last five years and if there was developmental plan for spending the money. The court had, however, hinted that there were very few issues that could be send back to the Lodha Committee to rethink over.