The Supreme Court on 2 December 2016 sacked Anurag Thakur, President of Board of Control for Cricket of India (BCCI), and BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke from their posts.
The apex court has also issued a notice to Thakur and Shirke, asking ‘why the duo should not be tried for perjury and contempt?’
The SC also stated that the duo had not complied with its 18 July 2016 order and therefore were removed from the post.
The top court pronounced the order in the BCCI vs Lodha Committee matter. The SC had slammed Thakur on his conflicting affidavit before it and warned him of being booked for perjury.
After the removal of Thakur and Shirke, the senior-most Vice President of BCCI will act as President and Joint Secretary will act as Secretary.
Why did SC take this decision?
- The Supreme Court stated that Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke did not comply with its 18 July 2016 order. Therefore, they were sacked from the position.
- The court also went on to state that the BCCI and state board officials failed to execute its orders to bring transparency and accountability in the cricket body.
- In addition, the apex court also set up a committee mandated with the task to implement Lodha panel reforms. It announced that all BCCI employees and state associations who refuse to abide by recommendations of Lodha panel shall demit office forthwith.
- Also, the court asked senior advocate Fali Nariman and Gopal Subramaniam to assist in nominating persons of spotless integrity as members of committee of administrators.
About Anurag Thakur
- Anurag Thakur is a member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh.
- In May 2016, he was elected as the President of the BCCI.
- In July 2016, he became the first serving BJP Member of Parliament to become a regular commissioned Officer in the Territorial Army.