BCCI’s payment disclosure missing?

Bipin Dani
Observer Correspondent

Mumbai—Transparency was only a word for the Indian cricket board. During his second term as the president of the Indian cricket board, Shashank Manohar had adopted the practice of displaying on its website the all BCCI payments made above Rs. 25 lakhs in the month in the first week of the next month.
This practice continued for few more months after he resigned from the post and Anurag Thakur took over.
However, since the last payment disclosure for the month of August, which was not updated till 28th September, no disclosure of the payment for the month of September is displayed on the BCCI website till date.
Interestingly, the BCCI has made few hurried payments to the few state associations in the month of September, for which Supreme Court and Lodha Committee have expressed reservations. The BCCI-appointee lawyer Markandey Katzu’s payment, if made above Rs. 25 lakhs, is not made public.
Nobody in the board has answer when these disclosures would be made public.
In the meantime, the BCCI president Anurag Thakur is likely to miss yet another dead-line to meet the Lodha Panel.
The Supreme Court, in its order dated Oct. 21 had directed the BCCI chief Thakur and the Secretary Ajay Shirke to meet the Lodha Committee within two weeks to explain the manner of compliance. They (President and Secretary) are also directed to keep the Committee apprised about the steps taken.
The Order was prepared by Justice Dr. D. Y. Chandrachud (the son of late Y.V. Chandrachud who investigated the match-fixing scandal in 2000) and is also signed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) T.S.Thakur and his colleague A.M.Khanwilkar.
However, according to the BCCI sources, Thakur is believed to have left for Norway on Tuesday and unlikely to return before Monday, and he may miss the “two week” deadline, which expires later this week.
Interestingly, the Supreme Court is also “not satisfied” with the draft minutes of a Working Committee meeting of BCCI (held on 22 August 2016) and termed it as purported.
Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, in his original affidavit had claimed that there was no discussion between the BCCI president Anurag Thakur and the ICC CEO Dave Richardson regarding demand of a letter from the ICC, but the draft minutes submitted by their lawyer Kapil Sibal) state otherwise.
The Committee is believed to have sought the clarification from the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar on the issue.

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