MUMBAI- The Supreme Court cracked the whip on the defiant BCCI by sacking president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke for not complying with the implementation of administrative reforms within the body.
Former Chief Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha said that this will not affect cricket in any way in the country and that the sport will continue to prosper.
The BCCI rejected a few of the recommendations made by the panel headed by Lodha. The Lodha committee report had also included age and tenure restrictions for top officials, as well as a provision to ban them from serving successive terms.
Post the hearing on 18 July, BCCI was to comply with the recommendations, which were blatantly sidelined. But even after repeated judgement and appeals, BCCI chose to ignore and paid the price with Thakur and Shirke getting the boot.
The writing was on the wall post the hearing on 14 November but BCCI was defiant till the end. The next hearing will be on 19 January, and the court has appointed eminent jurist Fali Nariman and former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium amicus curiae to suggest names for new office bearers.
Till then there will be speculations about the ramifications of this decision.......