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SC bowls out top BCCI bosses(thehindu.)

Thakur, Shirke declared ‘unfit’to continueat the helm

Noting that its diktats are not “written in sand” and are meant to be complied with, the Supreme Court on Monday stripped BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke of their posts and ordered them to “forthwith cease and desist” from associating themselves with Indian cricket’s most powerful body.

A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud declared Mr. Thakur and Mr. Shirke “unfit” to continue at the helm of the BCCI for their “obstructionist” attitude and specious pleas in court about their incapacity to make affiliated State associations fall in line with the Justice Lodha reforms.

The court primarily referred to how Mr. Thakur had “washed his hands of a duty and obligation to ensure compliance” with the Lodha panel reforms, citing the excuse that he had been “rendered totally incapable and without any authority” to compel the members to comply with the orders of the court. The BCCI bosses not only made “unfortunate comments” about the Lodha panel in public but also ended up hurting the dignity of the Supreme Court with their attitude, it noted.

Guilty of contempt

Besides, the court found Mr. Thakur prima facie guilty of both contempt of Supreme Court proceedings and perjury (fabrication of false evidence), adding that such a person does not deserve to continue as BCCI president. The court held that Mr. Thakur’s attempts to “solicit” ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar in Dubai for a letter to undermine the judgment of July 18, 2016 which upheld the Lodha panel recommendation to include a CAG nominee on the Board’s apex council prima facie amounted to sheer contempt. The court concluded that Mr. Thakur had apparently acted to garner evidence that the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee’s interventions in the working of the BCCI amounted to “governmental interference.” The court further said Mr. Thakur was prima facie guilty of placing on record “fabricated” minutes of a BCCI Working Committee meeting held on August 22, 2016 in order to lend support to his version that he had only sought a clarification from Mr. Manohar and not a letter. This claim of Mr. Thakur was later found untrue when Mr. Manohar, in a communication to the Supreme Court on November 2, clarified that the BCCI president did ask him for the letter. The court found that Mr. Thakur had also filed affidavits making false statements.


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