As it happened: Lodha Panel recommends legalisation of betting

Former IPL COO Sunder Raman gets clean chit; No BCCI office-bearer can be minister or government servant, says report.

January 04, 2016 12:13 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:01 pm IST

Justice R.M. Lodha addressing a press conference, in New Delhi on Monday. Photo : R. V. Moorthy

Justice R.M. Lodha addressing a press conference, in New Delhi on Monday. Photo : R. V. Moorthy

Former Chief Justice of India, R.M. Lodha, submitted his report on the various aspects of reforms in the BCCI to the Supreme Court on Monday.

The report culminates the panel’s exhaustive investigations into how the game is run in the country and what could be done to ensure that transparency and accountability is the rule and not the exception in the administration of cricket in India.

Speaking to The Hindu early last year, shortly after he was appointed committee chairperson, Justice Lodha had expressed his firm commitment to cricket in its pristine form. “We [the committee] know there is huge public expectation resting on us. We will ensure the game is played in its best spirits. We will do our best,” Justice Lodha said.

Live updates:

3:27 pm: Lodha committee proposes sweeping reforms for BCCI

02:25 pm: When contacted, Raman chose not to comment on Lodha panel's recommendations. "I have not yet the read report so I would not want to comment on it."

01:30 pm: If an officebearer of a state association is elected to BCCI, he has to vacate state association post, says Lodha report.

01:25 pm: Panel gives clean chit to former IPL COO Sunder Raman.

01:22 pm: Not enough evidence against former IPL COO Sunder Raman.

01:20 pm: Earlier, the panel had suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the most successful team of IPL, and Rajasthan Royals for two years from the League in a clean up of cricket following the 2013 betting scam involving their top officials Gurunath Meiyappan, also the son-in-law of then BCCI chief N.Srinivasan and Raj Kundra.

01:12 pm: Lodha panel recommends legalisation of betting. "Legalise betting in cricket but ban cricket officials, administrators, players from indulging in it," says report. >Read

01:06 pm: The report will be considered by the bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur at a later stage. The panel’s report was submitted by advocate Gopal Shankar Narayan to the Supreme Court registry

12:51 pm: No BCCI office-bearer can hold two posts at the same time, says Lodha panel.

12:50 pm: No BCCI office-bearer can hold office for more than 3 terms with the rider that there will be a cooling off after each term, says Lodha panel. Cooling off period should be of three years if tenure of BCCI president is completed.

12.48 pm: Only one person per post. No proxy voting of individuals allowed, says Justice RM Lodha.

12:47 pm: No BCCI office-bearer can have more than two consecutive terms, says Lodha panel.

12:46 pm: No BCCI office-bearer can be Minister or government servant, recommends Lodha panel.

12:45 pm: Ethics Officer will decide on conflict of interest. Ethics officer will be a former HC judge and there will be an elected officer who will overlook the election work: Justice Lodha

12:37 pm: Lodha committee recommends a steering committee headed by former Home Secretary G K Pillai with Mohinder Amarnath, Diana Eduljee.

12:32 pm: Lodha panel proposes the constitution and establishment of a players association.

12:28 pm: Justice Lodha proposes limited autonomy for IPL Governing Council.

12:25 pm: BCCI has to now decide,idea is to keep governance and management separate.

12:25 pm: Lodha Committee recommends relegation of Railways, Services and Universities as Associate members. They also lose voting rights.

12:22 pm: The Lodha panel recommends separate governing bodies for the IPL and BCCI.

12:17 pm: One Association of each State will be full-member and have the right to vote, Lodha panel recommends.

12:11 pm: We interacted with all stakeholders, six former captains were also consulted.

12:07 pm: Happy to share that whatever discussions we had with Mr.Manohar, he immediately put in action-Justice Lodha

12:05 pm: First thing we did was interact with BCCI officials. All, except the president and secretary, appeared and responded to the questions: Justice RM Lodha

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