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NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – The Supreme Court of India on Monday ruled no minister and the bureaucrat can become a member of the country’s cricket board (BCCI) as part of administrative reforms in the world’s richest national cricket body.

According to the Indian Express, accepting most of the recommendations by Justice Lodha panel, a bench led by Chief Justice TS Thakur also said that one state-one vote rule shall henceforth apply to all state associations. Gujarat and Maharashtra have been allowed to have more than one association but they will have voting right on a rotational basis.

In their report, submitted in January, former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha and two of his colleagues recommended age and tenure restrictions for top officials and cooling off period between successive terms for top officials among others.

“We allow most of the recommendations of the Justice Lodha panel on administrative changes in the BCCI,” a two-judge division bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice FMI Kalifulla, said in their order.

“Nobody above the age of 70 will be office bearer of the BCCI. A person cannot be simultaneously an office-bearer in the state cricket association as well as in the BCCI.”

In other recommendations, all of which would have to implement within six months by the BCCI, the panel wanted the board to be brought under the Right to Information Act which would allow citizens to access information held by the board.