In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Monday removed Board of Control for Cricket in India president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke for failing to implement its orders to bring transparency and accountability in cricket body.
The apex court said as per its July 18 order, these two officials — Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke — did not comply with its order and thereby been removed.
Supreme Court said a committee of administrator will look after the affairs of the Board. It has requested senior advocate Fali Nariman and Gopal Subramaniam to assist in nominating persons of impeccable integrity as members of committee of administrators.
As per the order, the senior-most vice president of BCCI will act as the president and joint secretary will act as the secretary.
All the office bearers of BCCI and state associations has been asked to give an undertaking to abide by recommendations of Lodha Committee.
“No one above 70 years, unsound mind, ministers, government servants, convicted persons and those holding post for cumulative term of nine yrs can be office bearer,” Supreme Court said.
Meanwhile, Thakur will also face contempt of court and perjury charges.
The Supreme Court observed on December 15 that the BCCI chief prima facie appears to have committed matter of perjury in relation to demanding an intervention via a letter from the International Cricket Council in order to sidestep the implementation of the Lodha recommendations.
The three-member Lodha Committee was appointed by the Supreme Court after the ‘conflict of interest’ issue sparked a controversy in Indian cricket.
The apex court-appointed Justice Lodha Committee had on January 4 recommended sweeping reforms and an administrative shake-up in the troubled BCCI.
– Report of Lodha Committee on Reforms in Cricket – Final Report, Volume 1
– Report of Lodha Committee on Reforms in Cricket – Final Report, Volume 2