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Being a party to the Apex Council of the BCCI/IPL Governing Council decisions would preclude CAG from undertaking any subsequent audit or discharging supervisory role over the audit done by CAs or private auditors.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking modification of the Court's 2016 order so that it can undertake financial, compliance, and performance audit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and state cricket associations.
The CAG, in its application, has sought modification of the order dated July 18, 2016, by which the Apex Court had accepted the recommendations of the Justice RM Lodha Committee, including the one regarding inclusion of a nominee of the CAG in the Apex Council of the BCCI and also in the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
It said that out of the 35 state cricket associations, only 18 have requested nominations till date. These have been made by the CAG, while the remaining 17 are yet to approach the nominating officers.
The application filed through Advocate Gaurav Sharma further states that at present, BCCI is audited by Chartered Accountants (Was) or private auditors chosen by the Board. In case there is a dispute as regards quality or other aspects of the audit, CAG is called upon as a last resort, it is stated.
However, the plea states that being a party to the decisions taken by the Apex Council of the BCCI/IPL Governing Council would effectively preclude CAG from undertaking any subsequent audit or discharging any supervisory role over the quality of audit done by CAs or private auditors. The application reads,
“Ironically, CAs or private auditors would sit in judgment over the managerial decisions to which CAG’s nominee is a party.”