In a bolt from the blue for the BCCI, the Supreme Court (SC) has removed BCCI President Anurag Thakur and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke from their respective posts. The Supreme Court has cited that these individuals have consistently refused to carry out the orders of the Lodha Committee and have repeatedly tried to put a spanner in the works of the Lodha Committee. The BCCI will now have administrators appointed by the SC.
The acting BCCI President will be the senior most Vice-President of the BCCI and joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary will be the acting secretary till the SC appoints a committee to oversee the operations of the BCCI. The committee will be appointed by Amicus Curae Gopal Subrmanium and eminent jurist Fali Nariman.
Former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha has said that the continuous resistance to the implementation of the 18th July Supreme Court order is what has caused this. Now the Supreme Court has made sure that its will is enforced in the BCCI.
The SC also sought an explanation from Anurag Thakur as to why perjury charges should not be framed against him. The SC seeks to have a member of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s office on the board of the BCCI. Mr. Thakur had asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to share a letter stating that this action of the SC would amount to interference in the board and that the ICC would not allow Government interference in the operations of its full members.
Although Mr. Thakur denied this in an affidavit filed with the court, ICC chief David Richardson had admitted Mr. Thakur’s request in an interview to an Indian TV channel. ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar has also confirmed that the BCCI President did ask for that letter.
The Lodha Committee was set up by the SC to clean up the culture of corruption that has become synonymous with cricket. The IPL revelations forced the hand of the SC and the Lodha committee has been giving recommendations to reform the BCCI’s functioning, to prevent sporting fraud and any conflict of interest. The BCCI had opposed these reforms tooth and nail under the garb of getting resistance from the regional cricket clubs.