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    SC to BCCI: No Money to State Associations Without Reforms

    BCCI President Anurag Thakur

    BCCI President Anurag Thakur

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India on Friday adjourned the hearing on Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) non-compliance with the Justice RM Lodha panel's recommendations until October 17.

    The SC on Thursday had given the BCCI one-day ultimatum to give an undertaking that it would implement "unconditionally" the Lodha Committee's recommendations that were approved by the apex court.

    The Supreme Court barred the BCCI from releasing anymore funds to the state units. It further said that the board would only give money to those state associations which were ready to reform.

    Meanwhile, the SC also asked BCCI President Anurag Thakur to file an affidavit on his conversation with ICC boss Shashank Manohar on whether he had asked the ICC to say that the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee amount to government interference.

    Earlier in the year, the panel had ruled that one state can have only one vote, and recommended putting in place an administrative structure controlled by professionals and also barred politicians from office. The BCCI had staunchly opposed the decisions, and argued that it is a private body under the societies act.

    On July 18, the SC accepted the panel's report and directed its time-bound implementation. The board has taken some steps to usher in transparency but it made it clear that the state associations don’t want a new regime.

    The three-member panel suggested the removal of top BCCI office-bearers and bringing the body under a new administrator to implement the reforms in full but the BCCI filed a review petition opposing the panel's directives.