Haven’t frozen BCCI accounts, says Lodha panel
Justice Lodha

With the BCCI threatening to cancel the progressing series amongst India and New Zealand, the Justice RM Lodha– led panel on Tuesday cleared up that they didn’t direct the banks to freeze the accounts of the board and it go ahead with its normal costs.

Fuming at the resistance of its proposals, the Supreme Court-named Lodha panel had “”directed” banks, where BCCI holds accounts, not to disburse “large” funds assets to the state associations, a choice taken by the Board at its Special General Meeting on September 30.

However, Lodha clarified: “We have not frozen the accounts of BCCI, we have directed the BCCI to not disburse funds to the state association. Day to day affairs, routine expenditure, matches, games, that should go on. There is absolutely no prohibition.”

The BCCI, in any case, contended that state associations were relied on upon the guardian body for sorting out matches and they were not able carry on their working in the wake of the most recent order from the Lodha panel, influencing their arrangements for the upcoming games in the progressing series against New Zealand.

“The members are pained at the treatment meted out to them. They are depended on BCCI’s funds for organising matches. So far seven associations have communicated their inability to host games in the home season while nine of them have inquired about the matter. If things are the way they are, the series (against New Zealand) could called off by today evening,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.

“There is too much interference at the moment. People need to realise India has become a cricketing super power under BCCI’s administration. We are the only sports body which has not taken a single penny from anyone including the government. We have created all the infrastructure on our own,” the senior board functionary added.

The full scale war between Lodha panel and BCCI took an uglier turn after the board, in its letter on Monday, advised the banks to freeze BCCI’s payments to the state bodies.

“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 panel had written.

“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.

“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,” it added.

The BCCI is on the backfoot in the progressing tussle with the Lodha Committee, which has recorded a status report in the apex court requesting the evacuation of the Board’s whole top brass for disregarding its suggestions in the September 30 SGM.

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