The Supreme Court on Monday has given orders to remove BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke from their posts. The order came in after the Board failed to implement the Lodha panel reforms that were provided by the Former Chief Justice RM Lodha for the smooth functioning of the Board. Both are accused of constantly avoiding the implementation of the reforms. The Court will appoint a BCCI observer to keep check on the Board’s activities. While the Court will decide an observer soon, BCCI will be looked upon by senior-most Vice-President Rajeev Shukla and Joint Secretary Amitabh Choudhary will be appointed as Interim Secretary. Both are ordered to follow the Lodha Panel reforms.
In mid-December, The Court said that they have kept their big decision on the response of Lodha Panel’s reforms report, to be reserved and will give the decision after the winter holidays. The decision was given today by three-judge bench in the presence of Chief Justice of India TS Thakur.
The next hearing of the case is scheduled for 19th January in which the bench will appoint an observer to keep a check on the functioning of BCCI with the new reforms. Two senior lawyers are given the responsibility to appoint the observer. Commenting on decision of the Supreme Court, Former Chief Justice RM Lodha said “One should understand that once the order of the Supreme Court, The highest court of the land, has come it has to be obeyed by all. Administrators come and administrators go but ultimately it’s for the benefit of the game and the game will flourish, I’m very sure.”
BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke said that he was ready to step down from his post. Shirke, who is also the President of Maharashtra Cricket Association expressed his support on the Supreme Court’s decision and said that he will happily leave the post if that is what the court wants, without having any issues. He concluded by just wishing good luck to the Cricket in the country and wants it to flourish and maintain the position that it has in the Cricketing world.
In January 2016, A Panel headed by Former Chief Justice RM Lodha suggested reforms to affect the functioning of the board in a better way. The points included in the reform included – One State One Vote, An age limit 70 years for administrators, Nine-member Apex council instead of working committee, Nine-year tenure for administrators with cooling periods after every three-year term, Three member selection committee to pick the Indian Team. The reforms were being rejected by the members of the board again and again.