Supreme Court on Monday took a stern action against BCCI President Anurag Thakur and BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke by removing them from their respective posts, for allegedly not implementing the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee.
The bench led by Chief Justice of India, TS Thakur, issued a show cause notice to Anurag Thakur, under the charges of perjury and contempt of court, for allegedly trying to influence the decision of the lodha committee and blocking the implementation of measures proposed by the committee.
To manage the routine affairs of the Board, a committee of administrators will be appointed which will be finalized by Falis Nariman and amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium. Till then, the senior most BCCI vice-president will act as president and Joint Secretary of the board will replace Shirke.
In the last hearing, perjury charges were leveled against Anurag Thakur. He was accused of demanding an intervention via a letter from the ICC to negate the implementation of the recommendations of Lodha committee. Apex Court saw this act as a conspiracy to influence the decision of the committee.
“There is no question of any reaction. I accept it. I am not connected to the board and that’s fine. I, as a past secretary, will only be worried about that the BCCI doesn’t lose its position of global stage”, said Shirke.
After the court order, Anurag Thakur uploaded a video on the social networking site. He said, “If Supreme Court feel that BCCI can do better under retired judges, I wish them all the best. I am sure Indian Cricket will do well under their guidance…..my commitment to the best of Indian Cricket and autonomy of sports will always remain.”
The next hearing of the case is on 19th January.