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Lodha panel moves SC against BCCI over non-compliance
The Justice Lodha Committee on Wednesday sought the removal of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office-bearers, telling the Supreme Court that the country's apex cricketing body was not complying with its recommendations on organisational reforms.
 
As the Lodha Committee's counsel Gopal Shankarnarayan handed over the panel's report to the apex court, the bench headed by Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur observed, "If the BCCI thinks that they can defy the court's order and take the law into their own hands, they are mistaken."
 
Having observed this, the bench said it will hold a hearing on October 6 regarding the Lodha panel's report and the suggestion that the BCCI office-bearers should be removed en bloc.
 
The report by the Lodha panel had accused the BCCI of stalling reforms at every stage and violating the directions issued by the apex court. 
 
Complaining that the BCCI had ignored orders of the court and its recommendations on several issues, the Lodha panel sought action against the board's top brass, including BCCI President Anurag Thakur, for violating the apex court's orders. 
 
"The BCCI thinks it is law unto itself. We know how to get our orders implemented. BCCI thinks it is the lord. You (BCCI) better fall in line or we will make you fall in line. The conduct of the BCCI is in poor taste," Chief Justice Thakur asserted.
 
The Lodha Committee, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to clean up cricket administration in India following corruption and match-fixing scandals, had earlier submitted its report advising far-reaching changes in the way the game is run in the country.
 
The recommendations by the panel sought to define stringent eligibility criteria for BCCI office-bearers and set limits to their tenure. Ministers and bureaucrats currently holding office will not to be allowed to hold BCCI positions, neither would those officials holding office in their state associations or those above 70 years of age.
 
The Lodha Committee also advised that there should be five elected office-bearers -- president, secretary and one vice-president instead of the current five, treasurer and joint-secretary. The panel also proposed that these officials should serve no more than three three-year terms and that there must be a "cooling-off" period between terms to prevent them from holding office for several years at a stretch.
 
The Lodha panels report had also recommended that the BCCI Working Committee must be replaced with a nine-member apex council which will include representatives from the players' community, including one woman. 
 
There was also a proposal that a nominee of the Comptroller and Auditor General should be included in the apex council to keep an eye on how the BCCI was utilising its financial resources.
 
The Supreme Court had accepted all these recommendations and had asked the BCCI to implement them.
 
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Hope filing FIR for women becomes better, says Big B post 'Pink'
After the recently released film "Pink" brought the functions of the Zero FIR system to light, also highlighting how many women aren't aware of legal procedures that can help them, megastar Amitabh Bachchan says that ministers have given hope that certain changes in law will make the process of filing FIRs easier for women soon.
 
Excerpts from the interview:
 
Q. "Pink", as we all know, is no more a film but a movement. Did you ever expect such an impact?
 
No we did not. But the kind of responses and the effect it has had on many individuals, especially women, has been overwhelming.
 
Q. When "Pink" opened, the collections were reasonable. But over the weekend the rise in the footfalls was phenomenal. Did you at any point worry about the film's reach?
 
The word of mouth worked for the film. There was no deliberate and known practiced marketing done for the film, but somewhere Shoojit Sircar did have the confidence that when people will see the film, they would react and spread the word. That is exactly what happened.
 
Q. Very few films have the power to change the way we think. "Pink" is one of them. Which of your other films would you include in this character of motivational/inspirational cinema?
 
Each and every Indian film has one basic message, victory of good over evil, and poetic justice in three hours. For me, then to differentiate one from the other, would be a wasteful exercise.
 
Q. Now "Pink" is a rallying point for women's safety. I believe the film will be used to promote the women's right and privilege to file an FIR. Please comment?
 
Some government ministers have seen it, as have eminent legal luminaries, and have given hope of changing certain laws governing women and their plight in filing FIRs. I think (my character) Deepak Sehgal in the film clarified a few misgivings. I do hope that they are brought to practice soon. What is under consideration or has been put to law is that a woman can file a complaint at any given time of day and night, irrespective of holidays or weekends.
 
Q. Just days after the release of "Pink" in which we have succinctly argued that a 'no means no', a young woman in Delhi was stalked and stabbed. How, Sir, do you think the rising growth in crime against women can be curbed?
 
That was a most unfortunate incident. But I do believe that a conscious effort in the process of education, law and moral and social policing shall bring results. Parental upbringing and early age inculcating certain values among the young, is a must.
 
Q. We speak of fighting violence against women. But about educating men not to perpetrate that violence?
 
Yes, the sons have to be educated too and brought up in a manner that they understand the equality and non-discriminatory attitude that most men think is their birthright against women. Yes, the law favours the women and there have been cases where its misuse has led to action against innocent men as well. But hopefully, a balance shall prevail in time.
 
Q. Your heartfelt open letter to your granddaughters provoked some to wonder why you had not addressed the letter to your grandson as well?
 
If you shall read the letter carefully, you shall find that the letter ostensibly addresses girls, but in doing so, it also sends a message to the boys.
 
Q. Recently, Justice Markandey Katju made an extremely uncalled for comment on your intellectual faculties. What do you think brought this nastiness on? How do you deal with such unexpected attacks?
 
Why he made that remark should be asked of Justice Katju. In a free society, everyone has the liberty to express opinion. I have merely agreed with his observation. He is right, I really do not have anything in my head.
 
Q. Finally after "Pink", are you prompted to do more films with a strong social message?
 
Each film, as I said earlier, carries a strong social message.
 
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Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

Charlotte Case rape+ murder CBI acquital

Monica Lewinsky first Social media victim.

Girls & Guys are different enjoy and respect the difference donot blow out of proportion & have discipline Cheers Mahesh

M D Khattar

1 year ago

Filing an FIR is certainly a very trouble some process which takes away your time and yet you are not able to get it filed .all sort of obstacles are placed to get a simple theft or loss registered . Filing FIR by women for more serious crimes is an uphill task . Will it improve ? Unless drastic system changes are made and concerned people made aware of thier responsibility , it is doubtful if any significant change can be expected . Possibility of lodging FIR electronically seems a possible solution

SC gives Subrata Roy time to surrender
The Supreme Court on Friday gave Sahara chief Subrata Roy time till September 30 to surrender.
 
The court had earlier on Friday morning recalled its interim order granting him parole.
 
The bench headed by Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur also said that they will hear an application moved by Sahara on September 28.
 
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