The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Vinod Rai-led Committee of Administrators (CoA) to bow out as soon as the newly-elected BCCI office-bearers took charge.
A Bench of Justices S.A. Bobde and L. Nageswara Rao passed a slew of directions, mainly to immunise the CoA and its past decisions while administering the Board from future legal hassles.
“They shall be immune from action in respect of any acts performed by them as a Committee of Administrators in good faith. No proceedings shall be initiated against any members of the said Committee individually or the Committee jointly without leave of this Court,” the Court ordered.
The officers who have carried the directions of the CoA shall also be immune and no action should lie against them without permission from the court, the court order said.
The court directed the BCCI to bear the entire costs and expenses incurred by the CoA and the electoral officers, including amount spent on legal representations.
The CoA filed the details of its remuneration in a sealed cover in court and the court ordered it to be paid in 48 hours.
When a lawyer for the BCCI protested about the shortness of the time given, Justice Bobde said “why not in 48 hours? BCCI can afford it”.
The court directed the Registrar under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975 to take on record the audited accounts of BCCI for the three financial years beginning 2016-17 as confirmed and approved by the CoA.
“Any objection pertaining to the correctness of the audited Accounts shall be dealt with in accordance with law,” the Supreme Court ordered.