/CoA seeks action from SC for non-complying State Associations

CoA seeks action from SC for non-complying State Associations

STATUS REPORT

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Seven associations have been found to be in the non-compliant category by CoA.

Seven associations have been found to be in the non-compliant category by CoA. © Getty

In its tenth status report the Committee of Administrators, appointed by the Supreme Court of India to oversee the implementation of reforms in BCCI, has come down hard on State Associations not adopting the new constitution and providing a compliance report.

The CoA has divided the 34 Cricket Associations into three categories – Non Compliant, Partially Compliant and Substantially Compliant. Tasked with ensuring that the reforms are implemented, the CoA states in its report that it had tasked the Associations with forming and registering a new constitution on similar lines as that of the BCCI’s with allowance for modifications wherever necessary and citing the changes made clearly for the CoA to verify.

According to the status report, seven associations – Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal – have been found non-compliant. There are ten associations in the partially compliant category including Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Goa, Maharashtra, Bihar, Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Manipur and Vidarbha. 17 others have been found to be substantially compliant.

In the first category, the CoA states that it has received no communication from Arunachal with regards to the implementation of changes while the likes of Haryana have sought more time as they have asked for clarifications from the Supreme Court.

As a result, the CoA has suggested that the Supreme Court give the non-compliant Associations one week’s time to implement the reforms, failing which their voting right at General Body meetings of the BCCI stands suspended. Similarly, it has suggested two weeks time for the Associations bracketed in the other two categories.

Furthermore, the CoA requests the Supreme Court that the Affidavit of Compliance be checked by the CoA to check if its in order before the State Associations register it. Following the above mentioned process, the CoA seeks to form an election protocol for the State Associations along with the Electoral Officer of the BCCI, who will be appointed by the CoA in consultation with the Chief Election Commissioner.

With the reforms still not fully implemented, the CoA has also stressed to the Supreme Court on the need to appoint an Ombudsman for conflict resolution and an Ethics Officer at the earliest, both of whom who would have been otherwise appointed at the Annual General Meeting of the BCCI according to the new constitution.

Forensic Audit of State Associations

Separately, the CoA states that reports from audit firms suggest “malfeasance and misfeasance of funds in the certain State Associations”. The CoA has called for a separate committee to be appointed that can check and commission a forensic audit against certain State Associations and also initiate appropriate action against those found guilty.

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