The Justice RM Lodha committee today moved the Supreme Court seeking removal of top officials of the BCCI, including president Anurag Thakur, for not complying with the apex court's orders.
The Justice RM Lodha committee today moved the Supreme Court seeking removal of top officials of the BCCI, including president Anurag Thakur, for not complying with the apex court’s orders. The panel sought replacement of BCCI top brass by cricket administrators. Submitting a report to the apex court, the panel said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is not following reforms and, instead, stalling them at every step.
The Supreme Court has directed BCCI to respond to the allegations of the Lodha Committee. The case will be heard next month. The apex court has given BCCI time till October 6 to respond to the Lodha panel’s report.
While the Supreme Court asked BCCI to “fall in line”, the panel informed the court that BCCI and its office bearers are not complying with directions and repeatedly issuing statements to undermine the authority of the court and the members of the Lodha committee, which had recommended structural reforms in BCCI.
It said that BCCI is not even replying to panel’s mails. Chief Justice T S Thakur took note of the submissions and said these are serious allegations and BCCI would have to follow the court’s directions. “If the BCCI thinks that they are law unto themselves, then they are wrong. They have to comply with the directions of the court,” the bench also comprising Justice A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said.
BCCI told the apex court that it has complied with most of the orders of the panel and would gradually comply with the rest. However, the apex court responded, “Law needs not to be defied. We are not happy about the things going on. We anticipated this approach from BCCI but this is not done. You will have to fall in line with the directions of the court.”
(With inputs from agencies)