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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court appointed on Monday a four-member panel of administrators, headed by former comptroller and auditor general Vinod Rai, to run the affairs of BCCI after its president and other top office bearers were barred following sweeping changes ordered by the court.

In keeping with norms set by the court-appointed Lodha panel, SC named historian Ramachandra Guha, Infrastructure and Development Finance Company CEO Vikram Limaye and former India women’s captain Diana Edulji as other panel members. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said the panel will supervise BCCI’s management, with the board CEO reporting to it. SC selected the panel from names suggested by senior advocates Gopal Subramaniam and Anil Divan, who are assisting the court, and state associations. The bench turned down the Centre’s plea that secretary of the sports ministry be also nominated as an admin istrator, citing its earlier verdict that had barred ministers and bureaucrats from holding any post in BCCI.

After nearly three years of legal proceedings during which the apex court urged BCCI and state cricket associations to reform cricket administration, the court finally entrusted the task of injecting transparency and accountability in to the panel led by Rai, who is currently chairman of the banks board bureau.

The court began hearing the case on cricket reforms in March 2014 when allegations of betting and spotfixing in IPL 2013 came to light, but soon expanded the ambit of the hearing and appointed Justice RM Lodha as head of a panel to recommend measures to overhaul cricket administration in the country .

The apex court had on July 18 last year ordered a comprehensive revamp of BCCI, based on recommendations of the Justice Lodha committee which barred ministers and bureaucrats from the board, set an age limit of 70 years for office-bearers and sought to implement a `one-state-one-vote’ principle.

The cricket body resisted implementation of several reforms leading to the court freezing its accounts and finally replacing its office-bearers to ensure compliance of its order. It turned down the plea of the Centre, BCCI and other state associations which contended that the court should first decide their petition for recall of the July order.

Making it clear that the court order on cricket reforms must be complied

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