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Names of members of the proposed panel to run the administration of cash-rich BCCI would be decided on January 24 by the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court (SC) in a significant reprieve to BCCI and state office-bearers, has allowed them to serve separate nine-year terms at central and state level, permitting a total of 18 years in cricket administration.
The clarification on Friday contradicted the Lodha Committee's interpretation of the court's order on January 2, when the committee said an office-bearer would be ineligible to continue if he had served nine years in total, whether at BCCI or state level or combined.
SC headed by then Chief Justice T S Thakur, on January 2 had said that a person was disqualified from holding any post if he "has been an office bearer of BCCI or a State Association for a cumulative period of 9 years".
A newly-set up bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud today modified the order saying the 9-year tenure of an office bearer in state association or in the BCCI would not be considered cumulatively, giving hope to some administrators who had to demit office on this count.
At the outset, senior advocates Anil Divan and Gopal Subramaniam, who have been appointed as amicus curiae to assist the court, submitted nine names in sealed covers for the proposed panel of administrators which will supervise the administration of BCCI through its Chief Executive Officer.
"We may not have the nine member committee. It may be too large. We hope and trust that there are no names which are above 70 (years of age)," the bench said, adding that at present, it was not deciding or dropping any name.
In a fresh twist to the ongoing legal battle in implementing reforms in BCCI, Railways, armed forces and Association of Universities rushed to the court crying foul over issues including downgrading of their BCCI membership from permanent to associate ones and sought recall of the judgement that had given a nod to the suggestions of Justice R M Lodha panel on structural reforms in BCCI administration.
Earlier, the apex court had come down heavily on the defiant BCCI brass and removed Thakur and Shirke as President and Secretary for "obstructing" and "impeding" its directions for overhauling governance in the cricket body.
It had said that the BCCI will now be overseen by a committee of administrators.
The court had also slapped Thakur with contempt and perjury notices for filing a false affidavit over writing to ICC on the issue of autonomy.
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Ten coaches of Ranikhet Express derailed in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer left several passengers injured, officials said.
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee condoled the loss of lives of young children in a bus accident in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh yesterday.
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