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Supreme Court agrees to reconsider `one state, one vote` binding on BCCI

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New Delhi: Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to reconsider ‘one state, one vote’ mandate that quashed the voting rights of regional affiliates of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The apex court’s three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, made the decision keeping in view the fact that cricket associates and former great players of many states have played historic roles which cannot be left out.

The reconsideration means that, if the 2016 judgment is reversed, the states with multiple cricket associations such as Gujarat and Maharashtra can vote on a rotational basis. The top court also made it clear that until it finalises the BCCI constitution, no state association can hold elections.


As a result, the election for the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has also been put on hold until May 11, the date of next hearing. In a landmark judgment on July 18, 2016, the SC had accepted major recommendations of Justice  (Retd.) R.M. Lodha-led panel on structural reforms in the BCCI– including one state, one vote, ‘one member, one post’ and fixing a 70-year age-cap on those occupying BCCI posts.