While scrutinising the fund allocation and expenses of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the apex court also pulled it up for not giving funds to neglected states for promotion of cricket and said it has done nothing to encourage the game.

It was also critical of the discrimination metted out to different states by BCCI and said the states begged for money from the board which follows a 'no questions asked' policy as a method to buy votes in a certain manner.

Lauding the work done by Justice RM Lodha-led committee for bringing out massive structural change in functioning of BCCI, the bench said that 'this is not an ordinary panel. It is a committee on which we have complete faith. It is committee of judges and its findings have to be relied upon. We cannot say that the findings are perverse'.

"They have come after consultations with the experts and a wide spectrum of people and the recomendations have been given by a former CJI who have experience and they have arrived at some conclusions," a bench comprising Justices TS Thakur and FMI Khalifulla said.

BCCI had moved the apex court submitting that it has accepted some of the recommendations of Lodha panel while there were difficulties in implementing others as these would have wide-ranging affect on the functioning of the board.

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