Highlights: Supreme Court strips Anurag Thakur, Ajay Shirke of power as BCCI office-bearers

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Highlights: Supreme Court strips Anurag Thakur, Ajay Shirke of power as BCCI office-bearers
  • 16:11 (IST)

    Opinion - BCCI vs Lodha panel: SC opts for top-down reform, but officer-bearers' removal only the first step


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  • 15:36 (IST)

    Anurag Thakur on Supreme Court stripping him of power: I respect Supreme Court. (If) Supreme Court judges feel BCCI could do better under retired judges, I wish them all the best. I am sure Indian cricket will do well under their guidance.

  • 14:30 (IST)

    BCCI 'should have taken us seriously', says Justice Lodha after SC strips office-bearers of power - Firstpost}

    "The BCCI showed a total act of defiance, it should not have done that. It should have acted immediately on the recommendations," Justice Lodha said.


  • 14:07 (IST)

    What would be the ramifications of today's Supreme Court verdict that stripped Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke of their power as BCCI office-bearers? Watch our cricket expert Ayaz Memon analyse the landmark judgment. 

  • 13:22 (IST)

    BCCI vs Lodha panel: 'My role is over', says board secretary Ajay Shirke - Firstpost}

    New Delhi: Sacked BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke today said he is "absolutely fine" with the Supreme Court order asking him to leave office but hoped that the Board does not lose its international standing owing to the administrative upheaval here.


  • 13:20 (IST)

    Don't forget to catch our cricket expert Ayaz Memon analysing today's landmark Supreme Court verdict on the BCCI-Lodha controversy.

  • 13:16 (IST)

    Ajay Shirke said that the new dispensation should be allowed to run cricket and maintain India's supremacy in the game.

  • 13:14 (IST)

    Don't have to say much as I haven't read judgment, but I don't have a problem: Ajay Shirke on being stripped of power as BCCI secy by the Supreme Court. [ANI]

  • 13:13 (IST)

    BCCI vs Lodha panel: SC removes Anurag Thakur, Ajay Shirke in latest verdict - Firstpost}

    New Delhi: Cracking the whip on a defiant BCCI, the Supreme Court on Monday removed its president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, saying they should "forthwith cease and desist from" the board's work.


  • 13:03 (IST)

    Bishan Bedi to CNN NEWS 18: Good news for Indian cricket.

  • 12:52 (IST)

    Saurashtra Cricket Association secretary Niranjan Shah ackowledged that the Supreme Court's decision was final and they would have to abide by it.

  • 12:51 (IST)

    No one above 70, of unsound mind, convicted, holding a post for a cumulative term of nine years, or a minister or government servant can be a BCCI office-bearer - that's the new strict ruling of the Supreme Court.

  • 12:50 (IST)

    Congress' Manish Tewari to CNN NEWS 18: When the judgment came in July 2016, and it accepted a bulk of the Lodha committee recommendations, especially that politicians and bureaucrats should not be a part of sport administration, people above 70 should retire and both BCCI and state associations should reform themselves, judgment should have been accepted in all humility and implemented.

  • 12:34 (IST)

    Supreme Court puts next hearing for 19 January.

  • 12:29 (IST)

    Justice Lodha to CNN-News 18: Once the SC's 18 July verdict is implemented, which is based on our report of 4 January, it would bring transparency, accountability and good governance in the administration of cricket.

  • 12:24 (IST)

    Justice Lodha to CNN-News 18: The whole idea was to improve the governance in administration and bring in transparency, accountability and objectivity. 

  • 12:23 (IST)

    Justice Lodha to CNN-News 18: There was absolutely no option left with the BCCI

  • 12:20 (IST)

    Will abide by court's order: Ajay Shirke to CNN-News 18

  • 12:12 (IST)

    Supreme Court says all office bearers of BCCI, state associations who refuse to abide by recommendations of Lodha panel shall demit office forthwith. [PTI]

  • 12:06 (IST)

  • 12:02 (IST)

    All office bearers of BCCI and state associations to give an undertaking to abide by recommendations of Lodha Committee. [PTI]

  • 12:01 (IST)

    According to the Supreme Court, the senior-most vice president of the BCCI will be the acting president and the joint secretary will be the acting secretary.

  • 12:00 (IST)

    Justice Mukul Mudgal says Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirkey have borne the consequences of the BCCI refusing to obey the orders of the Supreme Court. 

    To remind readers, Justice Mudgal headed a committee in 2014 that was appointed by the Supreme Court to conduct an independent inquiry into the allegation of corruption, betting and spot-fixing in 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL).

  • 12:00 (IST)

    The Supreme Court has ruled that there will be a committee of administrators to look after the affairs of the BCCI.

  • 11:59 (IST)

    Supreme Court issues contempt notice to Anurag Thakur. [PTI]

  • 11:58 (IST)

    Supreme Court appoints noted jurist and former Additional Solicitor General of India Fali Nariman and senior SC lawyer Gopal Subramanium as Amicus Curiae to find out who would be the BCCI officials.

  • 11:58 (IST)

    Justice Lodha says that majesty of law has worked after Thakur and Shirke's removal; says one should understand once SC order has come, it has to be obeyed by all.

  • 11:57 (IST)

    Justice Lodha says that the committee's reforms had to implemented once they were accepted by Supreme Court in its 18 July order. 

  • 11:56 (IST)

    Supreme Court comes down hard on BCCI and state board officials; says they failed to implement its orders to bring about transparency and accountability.

  • 11:56 (IST)

    Supreme Court says according to its 18 July, 2016 order, 'these two oficials' (Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke) failed to comply with its orders and are threfore being removed.

  • 11:55 (IST)

    Why no prosecution should be initiated against Anurag Thakur, asked Supreme Court. The court also sought a reply from Thakur in this regard.

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Ajay Shirke removed as BCCI secretary by Supreme Court.

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Anurag Thakur removed as BCCI president by Supreme Court.

In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Monday sacked Anurag Thakur as BCCI president and Ajay Shirke as secretary. The verdict is sure to have profound political ramifications and also impact the way cricket is run in India.

File photo of Anurag Thakur. AFP

File photo of Anurag Thakur. AFP

The court, in its hearing on 15 December, had threatened to initiate perjury and contempt proceedings against BCCI president Anurag Thakur, for allegedly asking for a letter from the ICC and denying it on oath. The Supreme Court said that Thakur would have to go to jail, if the charges against him are proven.

The charge against Thakur is that he had asked for a letter from ICC CEO Dave Richardson saying that the appointment of a CAG noiminee in the BCCI would amount to government interference. According to ICC rules, a national cricket board must be free of government interference and any infringement of this could result in de-recognition of member bodies.

"Why are you trying to mislead the court? If you want to escape perjury charges, you ought to apologise. At every stage you have been trying to obstruct. Everyone wants to go around and continue to hold the post even after 70 years. This is such a lucrative business that everyone wants to go on forever," the court said.

The apex court said that even the current ICC chairman Shashank Manohar had said that Thakur had asked for such a letter to be issued by the ICC. Thakur had, however, denied the charge.

The Lodha panel, in its report on 28 September, had called for all of BCCI's current office bearers to be replaced by a group of independent administrators, which they later amended by asking for the disqualification of office bearers of the BCCI and all state associations, who become ineligible according to the apex court's 18 July order. This eligibility criteria included age cap and previous tenure with the board, among others. In addition, the panel also proposed the appointment of former Union home secretary GK Pillai in the capacity of 'observer'.

The BCCI was told by the apex court to "fall in line or we will make you fall in line", after its continued reluctance over implementing the Lodha recommendations.

The court on 13 December, also dismissed the BCCI's plea seeking a review of its 18 July verdict directing it to implement the Lodha panel recommendations.

The main points of discord between the two parties have been the age cap of 70 years on administrators, cooling off period of three years between terms, and the one state one vote policy. The BCCI had said that it had accepted most of the recommendations of the Lodha panel, but put the rejection of the few recommendations down to the disagreement of the state associations over it.

Published Date: Jan 02, 2017 11:37 AM | Updated Date: Jan 04, 2017 14:53 PM

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