Justice AP Shah appointed as the Ethics Officer (Ombudsman) at BCCI
Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, is appointed as the ethics officer (ombudsman) at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). He will preside as the sole decision maker on all conflict of interest issues plaguing Indian cricket.
The decision to appoint an ombudsman was taken at the Board's 86th Annual General Meeting to end the problem on conflict of interest in the Board. This is being considered as a BCCI’s clean-up operation. The clean-up operation has been triggered by the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, which was investigated by the Supreme Court-appointed RM Lodha committee.
The apex court-appointed panel had suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years for their officials' involvement in the scandal. Justice Shah, 67, is known for his bold judgments, including the July 2009 ruling that found India's 150-year-old statute prohibiting homosexual acts as discriminatory and therefore a violation of fundamental rights.
He was the Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India and was also the Chairman of the Committee constituted by the Union Ministry of Finance in May 2015 to look into Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) on Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs).