The BCCI has proposed to the Supreme Court one of the significant changes in the constitution moving forward. It entails permitting its president, Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to do away with their three-year terms without serving the mandatory cooling-off period. The Justice Lodha Panel recommended the same.
Arun Dhumal, the treasurer of the BCCI, filed the application for this purpose. As per the present regulations of the constitution approved by the Supreme Court, a three-year cooling-off duration is strictly necessary for anyone, who completed two terms with any state cricket associations or the apex body of Indian cricket.
Hence, as per that, Ganguly and Shah will have to stay out from the Board and its activities from June and July respectively. The changes mentioned above recommended were approved at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on the 1st of December.
BCCI wants to seek the Supreme Court’s approval for making changes in the constitution:
In a detailed statement released by the Indian Board, they needed the right to make amendments to the constitution as they find it suitable. The vote to make such changes were passed by the three-fourth of the members of the general body.
“Neither preparation of draft constitution by the CoA nor a direction for its adoption (by the SC) can either preclude, restrict or hinder the right of the general body to amend the constitution in exercise of its amending powers conferred under the constitution itself and passed in a duly convened meeting of the general body. It is submitted that in exercise of the said power of amendment, which is indisputably conferred upon the general body, the BCCI has amended some provisions of its constitution.” a statement released by BCCI said as quoted by News18.