In order to resolve the pending disputes pertaining to cricket administration at the BCCI, the Supreme Court bench comprising Justice S A Bobde and Justice A M Sapre on Thursday appointed senior advocate P S Narasimha as a mediator.
It is to be noted that P S Narasimha was already assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter of BCCI.
Furthermore, while appointing Mr.Narasimha as mediator, the Court also put a condition that all other courts across nation would neither entertain nor proceed in any matter which is related to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as well as state cricket associations.
All courts have to follow the said condition till Mr. Narasimha submits his report in the Court over the disputes.
The Court gave liberty to Mr. Narsimha to deal with the issues related to release of funds raised by several parties and to make recommendations to the court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) for BCCI and added,
“In case the parties are not satisfied, this court will hear the matter."
During the course of proceedings, senior counsel Kapil Sibal, appearing for a state cricket association, drew Court's attention toward some issue related to certain provisions in newly approved constitution of BCCI which apparently does not go with the Lodha panel recommendations.
In response, the Court said,
“We will request P S Narasimha to hear you (associations) and then ask the BCCI to resolve them. The game must go on."
Besides, the Court also dealt with plea filed by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) for their stadium at Pune which is facing attachment from bank and sought direction to CoA to pay the amount directly to the bank to ensure that stadium is not auctioned.
However, Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, representing CoA, assured the Court that the committee will take adequate steps to protect the stadium.
Another plea was of Kerala Cricket Association seeking Court's direction to the registrar to register the bye laws which are amended as per the Supreme Court’s orders.
The Court also heard an application moved by former BCCI president Anurag Thakur seeking expunction of some remarks made against him by the Supreme Court in its earlier order wherein it directed him to desist from associating with BCCI.
However, the bench opined that there is nothing urgent in it and asked him to wait for sometime till Mr. Narasimha file his report on the pending disputes.
In 2016, the Supreme Court endorsed a greater part of the recommendations of Justice R M Lodha and coordinated the BCCI to execute them.
Lodha committee report emphasized on reforming cricket by removing poor governance, and evil factors like match fixing, etc.
For the same, the Supreme Court in 2017, had appointed CoA, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai, to look after the affairs of BCCI as well as to implement the court-approved recommendations of Justice R M Lodha panel.