New Delhi: Lalit Modi may still be beyond the reach of the Enforcement Directorate but the nether world of IPL franchisees and administrators in India will soon have their first tryst with justice on Tuesday when the Lodha Commission announces its verdict on Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra for betting and spot fixing.
In January 2015, the Supreme Court had set up a committee of retired judges comprising former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, and Justice Ashok Bhan (Retd) and Justice R.Raveendran (Retd) to examine the workings of the Board of Control for Cricket In India and recommend solutions for its clean-up and restructuring. The commission was also asked to “determine appropriate punishments” for Meiyappan, Kundra and their respective franchises – the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals – for having violated the guidelines of the BCCI.
Meiyappan is the son-in-law of N. Srinivasan, head of the BCCI and owner of the Chennai Super Kings.
In a terse note to the media on Saturday, the commission said “the verdict of the Justice Lodha Committee is to be rendered on Tuesday 14th July at Silver Oak-II in the India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. This will be at 1:00 pm.”
The Lodha commission’s recommendations on the restructuring of BCCI are expected to be announced later.
As Prem Panicker wrote in The Wire last month:
For the better part of three months, the judges have traveled to Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and other cricketing centres, and met with or spoken to an array of former and present players, administrators, coaches, support staff and journalists, among others.
These interactions have been based on an 82-item questionnaire that provides the clearest indicator of the commission’s direction. The six-section questionnaire probes the BCCI’s structure, organisation and relationships with its affiliated units and with the global governing body; the source of its authority to run cricket in the country; the structure of its various offices and committees and the nature and conduct of election to its several posts; the transparency or lack thereof of the BCCI’s deals with construction and service companies, broadcasters, advertisers etc and other commercial partners; the way it accounts for its income and expenses and what if any transparency is built into the system; its relationships with the players and the need for an association representing the latter’s interests; and the question of serial conflicts of interests.