Lodha panel approaches Supreme Court, wants punishment for BCCI bosses

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Justice Lodha panel has asked Supreme Court to punish the defiant BCCI bosses for ignoring its recommendations on bringing changes in its governance.

The Lodha panel, according to NDTV, requested for an urgent hearing and the Chief Justice said it will take up the matter soon.

In defiance of the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee recommendations, the BCCI had named a five-member selection committee headed by former wicketkeeper-batsman MSK Prasad and comprising two members with no Test experience.

Prasad, who was a part of the previous panel as the South Zone representative, replaced Sandeep Patil as Chairman of the selectors.

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The 41-year-old Prasad, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, played six Tests and 17 ODIs in his brief international career.

Gagan Khoda, who has not played any Test cricket has been retained in the committee from the central zone.

Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjpe and Sarandeep Singh were the new additions to the selection panel. Of the three, Paranjpe does not have Test experience and has only played ODIs.

The move is in complete defiance of the Lodha committee recommendations, which had called for a three-strong panel with all members having Test experience.

The Supreme Court had appointed the three-member Lodha Committee – retired Supreme Court Judges Ashok Bhan and RV Raveendran, being the other members — while delivering the landmark judgement in the IPL betting-fixing scandal case on 22 January last year.

The committee was constituted to determine quantum of punishment for the accused in the scandal, recommend reforms in the BCCI, and quantum of punishment, if any, for former IPL COO Sundar Raman, separately.

On 22 January last year, a two-member Supreme Court bench had given the Lodha Committee six months to submit its report, expiring on 21 July last year. On 14 July, the committee submitted a report on IPL teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), and CSK’s Gurunath Maiyappan and RR’s part-owner Raj Kundra.

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