Launching a scathing attack on the Board of Control for Cricket in India for defying its orders on reforms in the cricketing body, the Supreme Court said that the BCCI are 'behaving like lords' in stalling its proposed reforms.
The apex court made scathing observations after the Justice Lodha committee said in its status report that the BCCI was not implementing its recommendations aimed at reforming the country's cricket governing body.
Heading a special bench that had appointed the Justice Lodha panel, Chief Justice of India T.S Thakur said, "You (BCCI) are behaving like lords. You better fall in line or we will make you fall in line."
The Lodha panel also pleaded to the CJI for an early hearing to which Thakur replied, "We will hear the matter".
The move comes after the BCCI appointed a five-member selection committee during its Annual General Meeting on September 21, which was in violation to the Lodha panel's guidelines.
Tearing into the BCCI for ignoring the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed panel, the apex court has directed the cricket governing body to furnish explanations regarding their reported non-compliance before October 6.
The panel, formulated in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal, had recommended a set of sweeping reforms for the BCCI, including adopting the "one state, one vote" policy, restricting the tenure of office bearers, introducing a cooling-off period for administrators, cutting down the present five-member selection panel to three among others.
Soon after the top court approved the proposals, the panel had served two deadlines for BCCI - September 30 to make constitutional changes, and December 15 to form a nine-member apex committee that will replace the working committee.