The Justice Lodha Committee has yet again lashed out at Board of Control (BCCI) for Cricket in India's decision to disburse large funds to the various member associations, taken during its Special General Meeting held on October 1.
"It has come to the notice of this Committee that certain decisions have been taken at the 'Emergent Working Committee' meeting of the BCCI on 30th September 2016 to disburse large funds to the various member associations," the Lodha Committee stated in a letter addressed to the board's secretary Ajay Shirke, tresurer Anirudh Chaudhry and CEO Rahul Johri.
Referring to the direction to the BCCI to not decide on anything beyond routine matters, the Lodha Committee termed the board's decision to release payments to member associations as "illegal".
"You are aware that by way of this Committee's direction dated 31.8.2016, no further decisions were to be taken regarding the future apart from routine matters. The disbursement of these amounts are not routine, and in any case, not emergent," it added.
The banks were told that the BCCI had "breached" the Supreme Court order by failing to comply with the first round of timelines set by the Lodha Committee, the deadline for which was September 30. At its special general meeting on October 1, the BCCI accepted some of the Lodha Committee's recommendations when the court had said it had to implement everything it had passed.
"You are also aware that the BCCI has chosen to breach the judgment of the Hon'ble Supreme Court as well as the first set of timelines set out by this Committee which includes the Fund Disbursement policy to be framed by 30.9.2016," the committee said in its email. "As the status report is to be taken up for directions by the Hon'ble Court on Thursday, 6.10.2016, you are hereby directed not to take any steps towards financial disbursement of the amounts as resolved/approved after the direction dated 31.8.2016. Any violation of this direction will be placed before the Hon'ble Supreme Court for appropriate directions."
The Supreme Court judgment of July 18, 2016 states: "Needless to say that the BCCI and all concerned shall cooperate and act in aid of the Committee and its directives."