]NEW DELHI: Taking everyone by surprise the Supreme Court has on Monday removed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur from office on charges of perjury and causing hurdles in the smooth implementation of the Justice Lodha committee reforms. BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke will also follow his boss with the apex court ordering their removal from office.
The top court’s decision comes after being frustrated with the reluctant BCCI, which showed no interest in implementing the Justice Lodha committee reforms.
Earlier during the December 15 hearing, the Supreme court bench led by the then Chief Justice of India T S Thakur threatened the BCCI president of initiating a perjury case if found guilty of providing false information to the court. In his affidavit to the court, Anurag Thakur said that he had not asked the ICC chairman Mr. Shashank Manohar to term the current proceedings against the BCCI as ‘governmental interference’. However, the ICC Chairman revealed that the BCCI president had approached him for the same during an official meeting., which eventually led to the removal of the BCCI president.
According to the International Cricket Council’s norms, State government should not involve in the functioning of the National cricket board.
In addition, the Supreme court took a serious note on State associations not implementing the Justice Lodha committee reforms. The bench suspended all the state associations for failing to do so and announced that a new administrative machinery will work in their place, which will be decided on January 19.
The court also appointed senior advocates Nariman and Gopala Subramaniam as amicus curiae to provide suggestions on persons capable of administering the BCCI. A final verdict to this effect will be out on January 19 when the apex court delivers the quantum of punishment for Anurag Thakur, the Times of India reports.