The Supreme Court on January 2 removed Anurag Thakur as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The court has also issued a showcause notice issued with regard to charges of perjury and contempt of court.
The court also removed Ajay Shirke as BCCI secretary.
Thakur could still go to jail if he doesn’t apologise to the Supreme Court.
The court also took into consideration the recommendations of Justice RM Lodha Commitee for a revamp of the BCCI. The SC has disqualified all the board and its state association office bearers who have failed to meet the new norms set by the panel.
The Supreme Court had given the board time until December 3 to implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel.
Justice Lodha called it as the victory for the game of cricket and said administrators come and go but it’s for the benefit of the game. He said the order of Supreme Court should work as a template for other sports organisations.
Justice Mukul Mudgal said Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirkey have borne the consequences of BCCI not obeying the SC orders.
The Lodha Committee, headed by former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, was set up in January 2015 by the Supreme Court to suggest changes in the way the BCCI, the world’s richest cricket board, is run. It all started when the spot-fixing scandal broke out during the Indian Premier League in 2013 leading to developments that forced the top court to intervene.
The committee had made recommendations in early 2016 and these were approved in July by the Supreme Court, which asked the BCCI to implement them.
In October 2016, the court had frozen the accounts of the BCCI but has allowed release of funds to enable the board to hold cricket matches first with the visiting New Zealand side and then with England.
The SC had threatened Anurag Thakur with a jail term if he was found guilty of lying under oath in an attempt to obstruct the Lodha Committee reforms, but reserved its order on a verdict.