The Board of Control for Cricket in India go a big blow after the Supreme Court removed Anurag Thakur from the post of BCCI President. Thakur was sacked as he did not for not follow the court order to implement the Lodha committee reforms.
Even BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke was also removed from his post by the Supreme Court.
The apex court said that "a committee of administrators will look after the affairs of the BCCI and also issued a contempt notice against Anurag Thakur. The apex court also requested senior advocate Fali Nariman and Gopal Subramaniam to assist in nominating persons of impeccable integrity as members of a committee of administrators."
The apex court also directed that people who are above 70 yrs, who are unsound mind, ministers, govt servants, convicted persons and those holding the post for the term of 9 years can be office beneficiaries of the board.
Justice RM Lodha, who was heading the panel set up by the SC, spoke to the media and said that "if the apex court's orders are not followed then consequences will be dire and that is what has happened in the case of the BCCI top brass."
"I don't want to read whether the BCCI was overconfident or not, the apex court's decision is the law of the land and everyone has to follow it," the former Chief Justice of India said.
Speaking to CNN-News18, former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, Mukul Mudgal said that "the rulings of the apex court is sacrosanct and binding on all and must be adhered to."
Ousted BCCI sectretary Ajay Shirke spoke to CNN-News18 immediately after the verdict and said that "what has happened is in the past now and hopefully the new dispensation will do well."
Speaking exclusively to CNN-News18, former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi welcomed the Supreme Court order and said that "Thakur is a four-time MP and he should have known what the consequences of challenging the Supreme Court would be."
He further said that "from 'now on cricket administrators will be accountable for the 'deeds and misdeeds."
The Lodha committee had urged the Supreme Court to elect an observer on December 15, who would lead the BCCI in its policy, especially with reference to the awarding of contracts, clarity norms, audit, etc., for domestic, international and IPL matches to be played later.
BY M. DIVYA SRI