The Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which took place in Mumbai on Wednesday, is over with the board passing a resolution in which it decided to adopt the Lodha reforms barring five particular points.
"The BCCI has adopted Lodha panel reforms except five," said BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary after the meeting.
The reforms that have not been implemented are one state one vote, the size of the national selection panel, the size of the apex council while the last one covers age cap and tenure of office-bearers.
In another controversial move, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was barred from attending the SGM as the Supreme Court directive of only allowing the state association’s office bearers were let in. Besides Johri, the representatives of Odisha and Punjab were also barred from attending the meeting as they are not office bearers. As per the court order, the only eligible attendees were president, vice president, secretary, joint/assistant secretary and the treasurer.
It was learnt that Johri was told by Amitabh Choudhary that he along with all other BCCI employees should leave the meeting premises as SC order of July 24 states that only office-bearers should be attending the meeting.
"Johri is not an office bearer but a salaried employee of BCCI. While he attended all previous SGMs, we can’t take a chance this time as we have to honour SC order in letter and spirit. All employees were told by acting secretary that they have to leave the room,” a state unit representative, who chose not to be named, told PTI.
It has been more than a year since the Supreme Court ordered the BCCI to implement the reforms recommended by the Justice R M Lodha-led panel.