BCCI constitution: SC scratches one state, one vote

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday restored crucial aspects of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s functioning by junking Lodha committee reforms like the one state-one vote rule and relaxing the cooling off period for officials while finalising the board’s governance code.

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The court recognised the validity of BCCI’s traditional structure and the cricketing legacy of associations like Vidarbha and Mumbai in Maharashtra and Baroda and Saurashtra in Gujarat and reinstated these entities as full members of the board with voting rights. The one state-one vote rule had extinguished their representation while giving voting rights to states with feeble cricketing presence, raising fears of proxy or dummy voting.

The SC also increased the number of selectors from three to five while the relaxation in the cooling off period is expected to help the BCCI and state boards function smoothly. Restriction in the composition of the selection committee had led to a situation where persons with limited experience were found to be eligible and made it to the committee.

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Two years after accepting the Lodha panel’s recommendations, the SC ordered that the finalised constitution be registered in four weeks under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1976, and asked member associations to ensure conformity of their constitutions with the BCCI’s and register them in 30 days, clearing the way for elections under the Committee of Administrators’ supervision.

Fresh elections to BCCI would see a whole new crop taking the reins of the richest cricket board in the world as the SC denied any role to ministers, bureaucrats, holders of public office (MPs and MLAs), office-bearers of other sports or athletic associations and those against whom charges have been framed in any criminal offence.

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