New Delhi, December 2: The Supreme Court on Monday has taken a very strict action against BCCI chief Anurag Thankur and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke by expelling them from their posts. Like to tell you that, the apex court has taken this decision because BCCI were not complying with its orders on implementing the Lodha Committee recommendations.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, also issued notice to Anurag Thakur seeking an explanation why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him.
Supreme Court said in its statement during the proceedings said, all office bearers of BCCI and state associations who refuse to abide by recommendations of Lodha panel to bring transparency and accountability in the cricket body shall demit office forthwith.
The court also said, no one above 70 years, unsound mind, ministers, government servants, convicted persons and those holding post for cumulative term of 9 years can be an office bearer.
The apex court said, a committee of administrators will look after the affairs of BCCI. It asked senior advocates Fali Nariman and Gopal Subramaniam to assist in nominating persons for the committee. Apex Court also said, the advocates will complete the task in two weeks and the matter will be taken up on the 19th of this month.
The court also said, till the new administrators take over the working of BCCI, the senior most Vice President of the board will act as the President and the present Joint Secretary will assume the work as Secretary.
After the decision was made by Supreme Court, Justice RM Lodha welcoming the decision said that it is the victory for the sport. He said, administrators come and go but the decision is for the benefit of the game.
Notably, the Lodha Committee was appointed by the Supreme Court after a betting scandal in the Indian Premier League, had recommended sweeping changes in the way the board is run. But committee later said that BCCI is refusing to implement the recommendations. The board had pleaded that it cannot implement all the reforms, which include large-scale structural and management changes.
Meanwhile, after the decision Anurag Thakur said that BCCI is the best managed sports organisation in the country and India has the best cricket infrastructure in the world. He further said, “it is not my personal fight battle but for the autonomy of the sports body.” Thakur further said that he respects Supreme Court and id SC feels that BCCI could do better under retired judges than it may could.