Supreme Court removes BCCI president Anurag Thakur from his post
It’s shocking but true, BCCI president Anurag Thakur has been removed from his post.He has removed for not complying with the orders of the apex court with regards to implementation of the Lodha committee reforms. Not only Anurag Thakur, even Ajay Shirke has removed by the Supreme Court from the post of Secretary.
Justice RM Lodha, who was heading the panel set up by the SC, interacted with media and said that if the apex court’s orders are not followed then consequences will be beyond the expectation level and that is what has happened in the case of the BCCI top brass.
The former Chief Justice of India was quoted saying that “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.”
Apart from this, The Lodha committee had asked the Supreme Court to appoint an observer on December 15, who would guide the BCCI in its administration, particularly with reference to the awarding of contracts, transparency norms, audit, etc., for domestic, international and IPL matches to be played hereafter.
Removing Anurag Thakur from the post of BCCI president is really shocking for all of us.The court had a fortnight back, while hearing the case, hinted at appointing a panel of administrators as opposed to a single administrator.
The Supreme Court of India had also hinted at instituting perjury case against BCCI president Anurag Thakur for filing a false affidavit and reserved its order on the issue.
The Supreme Court said in a statement that “BCCI case-prima facie we believe a case of PERJURY. We will launch a prosecution. Apologise if you want to escape, but even then we are not sure if we could accept apology.”
The perjury case is about the fact that the Lodha panel had informed the court about Thakur writing a letter to ICC chief executive Dave Richardson requesting for a letter from ICC, stating whether the appointment of a CAG official — as per Lodha panel’s recommendation — amounted to government interference in BCCI. ICC chairman Shashank Manohar send a mail on November 2 to the Lodha committee, the ICC chairman wrote: “During the ICC meeting on August 6, Thakur pointed out to me that when I was the president of BCCI, a submission was advanced before the Supreme Court at my behest that the appointment of a nominee of the CAG on the Apex Council might amount to governmental interference and would invoke an action of suspension from the ICC.
He therefore requested me to issue a letter to that effect in my capacity as ICC chairman. I declined to issue such a letter and explained to him that the said submission was advanced before the Supreme Court when the court was hearing the matter.
However, on June 18, the SC delivered its judgement in the matter and rejected the submission that the appointment of a nominee of the CAG would amount to governmental interference.”