Chapter Seven: Ombudsman, Ethics & Electoral Officers
The Lodha Commission recommends the creation of three authorities to make the functioning of the BCCI more transparent and independent:
An ombudsman to resolve internal conflicts independent of the BCCI,
an ethics officer to administer matters regarding conflict of interest, and
an electoral officer to ensure a clean and fair elections process.
The committee recommends the appointment of a retired judge of the Supreme Court or a former Chief Justice of a High Court as the Ombudsman of the BCCI, to be appointed once a year at the Annual General Meeting.
The ombudsman will attend to any disputes between the Board and its member associations.
Principles of natural justice, production of evidence and fair hearing are to be followed.
The ombudsman can also entertain and redress any grievance or complaint by members of the public concerning ticketing, access and facilities at stadia, and lack of transparency in the award of contracts for goods and services.
2) Ethics Officer
The ethics officer is to be a former justice of a state high court.
He/ she will monitor conflict of interest, code of behaviour and any other similar rules.
The panel rapped the BCCI saying:
“The approach of the BCCI in recent years in administering these Codes (of conduct) has not been encouraging, especially when powerful figures in the sport were involved. “
Full member associations are also to observe all the ethical principles including those concerning Conflict of Interest. An ombudsman can cover for an ethics officer in members. Multiple states can appoint a single ethics officer.
3) Electoral Officer
A former Election Commissioner of India is to be appointed as electoral officer of the BCCI. His/ her decision would be final and conclusive regarding scrutinizing of nominations and clearing them, drawing up and verifying the electoral roll after identifying appropriate representatives of the Full Members, ensuring that no candidate falls foul of the Rules, and declaration of results.