Lodha panel wants SC to axe Anurag Thakur as BCCI president
- BCCI has been denying to implement the Lodha reforms for a very long time now.
- Justice RN Lodha has submitted a status report on the BCCI to SC today.
- The apex court has given BCCI the time till October 6 to comply with judgement.
Justice RN Lodha submitted a status report on BCCI on Wednesday where it has asked the apex court to remove all the office bearers of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) including the current president, Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke.
The Supreme Court has given the BCCI time till October 6 to respond to Lodha Panel's report accusing the board of stalling reforms at every step.
The report said that the 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 panel, which had recommended structural reforms in BCCI.
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 a 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 defined. 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."
The Cricket Association of Bihar also approached the apex court and said that the review petition pending before the court should be taken up urgently.
They said the review petition filed by the BCCI is still in defects with the registry, and they are not pursuing it to be taken up for hearing.