SRINAGAR — Supreme Court of India has vacated restraint on courts including J&K High Court from hearing the disputes related to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and affiliated State cricket associations.

On March 14, 2019, the top court had restrained all other courts across the country from entertaining or proceeding with any matter pertaining to BCCI and State cricket associations and had appointed a mediator—senior advocate P S Narasimha—to submit report on pending disputes.

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“The learned Amicus Curiae submitted a report on 09.05.2019 to this Court. Majority of the State Associations became compliant with the Lodha Committee’s report as accepted by this Court by its judgment dated 09.08.2018, pursuant to which elections have been conducted,” said a Bench, comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi.

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“In 2017, the Apex court had appointed CoA, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai, to run the affairs of BCCI and implement the court-approved recommendations of Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms in the cricket body.”

The Bench took note of submissions of various lawyers on behalf of State cricket bodies and decided to vacate the order in the case titled ‘BCCI versus Bihar Cricket Association.’

With regard to Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association, the Bench remarked that writ petition (C) No. 1111 of 2020 and SLP (C) No. 14109 of 2020 are disposed off in view of the orders passed.

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“The LPAs (Letter Patent Appeals) that are pending before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court can be adjudicated upon by the High Court on their own merits,” the Bench said.

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