The Supreme Court of India today ordered the removal of Anurag Thakur as Chief of India’s Cricket Board (BCCI). The Supreme Court has also ordered to remove Ajay Shirke as Secretary of the BCCI.
Mr. Shirke in response told the press, “I don’t regret anything. I don’t have any personal ambitions,” Mr. Shirke said. The judges have also issued a contempt notice to Anurag Thakur, who is a BJP lawmaker.
The court will pass a separate order on January for appointing the administrator and has requested senior advocate Fali Nariman and Gopal Subramaniam to assist in nomination persons of impeccable integrity as members of a committee of administrators. The Supreme Court had given the board time until December 3 to implement the reforms suggested by the Lodha panel.
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.
Justice Lodha said after the verdict, “If BCCI was reluctant to accept the Supreme Court’s July order these consequences were bound to follow. I am sure the game of cricket will be governed as well as ever. The Supreme Court order should work as a template for other sports organizations too, the majesty of law has worked”.