Supreme Court removes BCCI president Anurag Thakur, secretary Ajay Shirke
The apex court had sought a reply from Thakur asking why a prosecution should not be initiated against him and added that both the sacked officials (Thakur and Shirke) did not comply with its July 18 order of last year
The Supreme Court on Monday removed Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from BCCI president and general secretary posts respectively on Lodha committee report controversy.
The apex court had sought a reply from Thakur asking why a prosecution should not be initiated against him and added that both the sacked officials (Thakur and Shirke) did not comply with its July 18 order of last year.
The bench, led by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, had in the previous hearing on December 15 threatened to initiate perjury charges against Anurag Thakur for allegedly lying about asking the International Cricket Council (ICC) to term the Lodha reforms as governmental interference.
Appointed by SC, Lodha Committee on a betting scandal in the Indian Premier League has recommended sweeping changes the way the board is run and has complained that the BCCI is refusing to implement them.
Justice R M Lodha, who headed the committee said it was only the logical consequence of a legal battle.
"This was to happen, and now this has happened. Had submitted 3 reports before Supreme court, even then it wasn't implemented," said Lodha.
"Once committee's reforms were accepted by SC in its 18 July order, it had to be implemented, this is logical consequence," he added.
Lodha also said that the verdict was a victory for cricket and it should work as a template for other sports organisations also.
"Its the victory for the game of cricket and it will flourish, administrators come and go but its for the benefit of the game," former Chief Justice of India added.
SC appointed senior lawyers Fali Nariman and Gopal Subramanium as Amicus Curiae to find out who would be the new BCCI officials and fixed the date of next hearing on January 19th.
Meanwhile, Mr Shirke told CNN-NEWS18 that he will abide by the verdict.