New Delhi, April 5: Supreme Court on Tuesday (April 5) pulled up Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for a rather irrational distribution of funds to the affiliated states, alleging that the board members have created a ‘mutually-beneficial society’.
Eleven of the 29 states have been allocated practically zero funds, the apex court noted, which doesn’t help the development of the game in the country. “Out of 29 states 11 are begging for money, this is not good. You allot money without demanding explanation which is basically corrupting them,” the judges told board’s lawyers.
“How do you expect neglected states to develop if you don’t give them money. For six years, not a penny given to Bihar. You have done nothing to promote the game,” TS Thakur, Chief Justice of India, said.
BCCI, in reply, defended their stand, saying, “We have started activities in Union Territories to promote the game. We gave help to all Affiliate and Associate Members apart from Full Members. Arunachal Pradesh and Bihar did not give audited accounts, that’s why they did not get funds from 2010.”
The top court also lambasted the cricket’s governing body for opposing to implement the recommendations suggested by Justice RM Lodha’s panel. In their second report submitted to the court on January 4, 2016, the Lodha panel had put forward several recommendations to make BCCI more accountable. “Please don’t say Lodha Committee recommendations cannot be implemented,” the court said, before adding that they are not trying to change the rules of the game, but only attempting to enhance the board’s functioning.
BCCI also challenged the one-state-one-unit policy, as suggested by the Lodha panel, noting that states like Gujarat and Maharashtra have multiple full members. “Some members are old and they are founding members like Saurashtra, Baroda, Mumbai. So these cannot be removed,” BCCI countered.
Supreme Court has now adjourned the case to Friday (April 8). (© Cricbuzz)