The Supreme Court has sacked Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke from their respective positions. The top court order came in the matter arising out of the issue of long pending reforms in the BCCI based on the recommendation of Lodha committee.
In a further setback to the top office bearer of all-powerful cricket body, the court today also issued contempt notice to Anurag Thakur, who is also a BJP MP from Lok Sabha, seeking his response as to why he should not be held liable for obstructing the implementation of the court’s directions aimed at reforming BCCI.
According to the SC order, a committee of administrator will look after the affairs of BCCI. The bench has requested senior advocates Fali Nariman and Gopal Subramaniam to assist in nominating persons of “impeccable integrity” as the members of committee of administrators.
In the interim, senior-most Vice President of the BCCI will act as President and Joint Secretary will look into the affairs of Secretary’s office.
The matter has now been listed for further hearing on January 19. Directing the BCCI to implement the recommendation of Lodha committee, the court has told that all office bearers of the BCCI and its state associations will have to give an undertaking to abide by the panel recommendations.
Those who refuse to abide by recommendations of Lodha panel shall demit office forthwith, the Supreme Court bench ordered.
It further stated that “no one above 70 years, ministers in the government, government servants, convicted persons and those holding post for cumulative term of 9 years can be office bearer.”
The Supreme Court has in July last year accepted major recommendations of the Lodha Committee – the panel headed by retired Chief Justice of India RM Lodha — to reform the administration of BCCI.
The panel had last year on January 4 recommended sweeping reforms and an administrative shake-up at the troubled BCCI, suggesting that ministers be barred from occupying positions, a cap put on the age and tenure of the office-bearers. The panel had also recommended that betting in cricket should be legalised.
The BCCI had, however, defied the recommendation of Lodha panel in September after it appointed former wicketkeeper-batsman MSK Prasad as the chairman of selectors.
(With inputs from PTI)