Lodha panel moves SC seeking removal of Anurag Thakur, other BCCI top brass

In the wake of the defiant stand of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the implementation of recommendations, the Justice Lodha panel moved Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking the removal of BCCI top brass, including Anurag Thakur for non-compliance of the apex court’s orders.

The Lodha panel has sought the replacement of BCCI top brass by cricket administrators, including Anurag Thakur.

The counsel appearing for the panel said BCCI is not replying to emails and other communications sent to them and repeatedly defying the orders of the court.

The bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur took note of the submissions and said these are serious allegations and BCCI has to follow the directions of the court.

“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.

“You (BCCI) are behaving like Lords. Fall in line otherwise we will make you fall in line,” the bench said, adding that, “BCCI is bringing the system to disrepute by not following the directions”.

Senior advocate Arvind Datar appearing for BCCI said that they have complied with most of the directions and would gradually comply with the rest.

To this the bench said, “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 th directions of the court.”

The judicial panel, in its meeting on Monday, had deliberated and discussed about the manner in which the BCCI has flouted the timelines issued by it from time to time.

A source close to the committee had told dna: “The panel found impediments in implementing its suggestions and the top BCCI officials, particularly the president and secretary, are responsible.”

Earlier, the BCCI, while defying the panel recommendations, appointed MSK Prasad as the chairman of the senior selection committee, and Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjpe, Devang Gandhi and Gagan Khoda as its members.

The Lodha committee, however, recommended that the senior selection committee can only have three members, and they must be former Test players.

Earlier, in a landmark judgement on July 18, the Supreme Court accepted major recommendations of Justice RM Lodha-led panel on structural reforms in the BCCI.

The apex court had given six months time to the BCCI to implement the recommendations.

(With agency inputs)