In a scathing criticism of the ways of functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), a Supreme Court panel, comprising of former Chief Justice RM Lodha and retired apex court judges, Ashok Bhan and RV Raveendran, has said, that, BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, was ‘incoherent and incomprehensible’ when they recently interviewed him.
The panel was appointed by the Supreme Court to decide on the quantum of punishment, for former BCCI president N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra, after they were found guilty of betting, in IPL 2013.
According to a Times of India report, the panel questioned who was handling BCCI affairs, after finding Dalmiya’s speech unclear — leaving his son the task of interpreting his answers, citing ‘illness-related problems’.
“If this is the physical and mental condition of the BCCI president at present, did those who elected him three months ago not know about this? If the physical and mental condition of the president has deteriorated so much in recent times, then who is running the affairs of the richest cricket body?,” the panel was quoted as saying, in the report.
An Indian Express report published in March, said, “When Jagmohan Dalmiya attended the 8 February working committee meeting in Chennai, he looked old and not in the best of health.”