SC Agrees To Hear Plea For Implementation Of Lodha Panel Recommendations In HPCA

Written by Vipin Darwade

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine a plea filed by a cricketer, seeking implementation of recommendation of RM Lodha committee and BCCI by-laws in the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) alleging “illegal, arbitrary and monopolistic actions” in administration of cricket affairs.

One of the prayer in the plea was for interim stay of the HPCA elections but the state cricket body polls have been held on September 27 in which Arun Kumar Dhumal was elected as president. The apex court had earlier constituted a three-member panel led by former Chief Justice RM Lodha, to suggest structural reforms in the apex cricket body BCCI. Some of the recommendation of the panel were later accepted by the apex court and implemented in cricket bodies of the country.

A bench of Justices Vineet Sharan and AS Bopanna, issued notices to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Committee of Administrators (COA) and HPCA and tagged the matter along with other pending petitions. Dhumal, who is the younger brother of union minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur and son of former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh has on Monday filed nomination papers for treasurer post in apex council of BCCI.

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