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Now, BCCI Bosses Face Supersession

PTI | Updated on: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:13 PM IST

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SC threatens to replace the board’s office-bearers with a panel of administrators if it falls to implement reforms

New Delhi : It seems to be the end of the road for the bosses of Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI). After the Justice RM Lodha-led panel submitted its status report the Supreme Court lambasted BCCI for not “falling in line” it directed BCCI to give an undertaking by Friday that it will “unconditionally” implement all the court-approved recommendations of the Lodha Committee. It further hinted that if the board failed to provide such an undertaking, then the court would pass an order on Friday to replace the board”s office bearers with a panel of administrators.

The court refused BCCI”s legal counsel Kapil Sibal’s request for more time and asked him to respond by October 7. During the proceedings, Chief Justice Thakur said:”What do you want?” Either we pass orders tomorrow or you give us a statement that you will abide unconditionally by the recommendations and directions of the Lodha Committee.”

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The bitterness between the BCCI and the apex court came through the exchanges between Sibal and Thakur. When Sibal said the state associations had their own by-laws and the BCCI had no control over them, the court said: “If the associations are reluctant to reform, why do you continue to give them money? You are giving crores of money to them even as they refuse to reform,” observed Thakur

Sibal”s argument that the BCCI needed approval from two thirds of its member associations, according to the

Tamil Nadu Societies Act under which the board was incorporated, received sharp response from Chief Justice Thakur. Thakur said the BCCI had been the “face” and “forefront” of defiance against the Lodha Committee”s recommendations. “You are giving the lead to the associations,” he said. “You are trying to obstruct the Lodha panel.” His suggestion to the BCCI in response to its members” resistance was to either block their funding or to debar them.

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‘EVEN I AM CAPTAIN’

New Delhi: “Even I am the captain of the Supreme Court cricket team,” Chief Justice T S Thakur observed after BCCI defended its president Anurag Thakur’s qualification to be a office bearer of the cash-rich body. The observation by the Chief Justice came after the bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, asked about the qualification of the BCCI office-bearers. “What is the qualification for the office bearers? Do they have any special or essential qualification? Is the President of BCCI a politician,” the bench asked. Responding to the query, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing BCCI, said that Thakur was a cricketer. Interrupting, senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, who is assisting as an amicus curaie, said “we all have played cricket”. Taking objection to his remarks, Sibal said, “Thakur was a serious cricketer”. At this point, the CJI said, “I am the captain of the Supreme Court judges.” However, making the deliberations serious, Sibal said “the president (of BCCI) had played Ranji trophy match and domestic cricket for Himachal Pradesh”.

“You are making fun of him,” Sibal told Subramaniam, maintaining that “he happens to be a serious cricketer”. Cutting short the arguments, the bench said, “They are not having any specialised qualification to be office bearers.

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They have to be elected.” Later, the Cricket Association of Bihar also took a dig at the cricketing career of Thakur, saying he had only played one Ranji trophy match as captain of Himachal Pradesh against Jammu and Kashmir and that was perhaps to make a way into cricket administration.

At this, the CJI said he comes from a small state and perhaps “Himachal Pradesh plays with a state like mine, that is Jammu and Kashmir, and neighbouring Uttrakhand.”

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Published on: Friday, October 07, 2016, 12:10 AM IST