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Supreme Court rejects BCCI plea


New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) The Supreme Court has rejected the plea of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to review its verdict regarding the implementation of the Justice R.M. Lodha Committee’s recommendations.

The Lodha Committee — appointed by the Supreme Court following a match-fixing and corruption scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL) — had come up with a host of recommendations that could change the way cricket administration is conducted in India.

The apex court on July 18 ordered a revamp of the BCCI over the next four to six months which was to be overseen by the Lodha Committee.

The BCCI had asked the apex court for a review which was rejected on November 11. The order was, however, uploaded on Tuesday.

The board had also pleaded that its plea for a review should be heard in open court.

“We have examined the grounds urged in support of the prayer for review. We find no error apparent on the face of the record to warrant recall of our order dated July 18,” the apex court said on Tuesday.

“The review petitions are, accordingly, dismissed,” a bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) T.S. Thakur and Justice S.A. Bobde said.

The final hearing of the Lodha Committe’s status report will now take place on December 15.

The Lodha panel had come up with several far-reaching recommendations which could alter the way cricket is administered in the country.

They include barring ministers and officials from the BCCI and its state affiliates, setting an age limit of 70 years for office-bearers, one state one vote, ceiling on the number of terms a person could be an office bearer and legalising betting.

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