The New Year 2017 is supposed to a decisive one for BCCI. In the first working day of the year, the Supreme Court delivered its toughest stance so far on the Board, removing its president Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke from their designations. Since the Lodha Committee submitted its recommendations, BCCI has been defying the stances of both the Supreme Court as well as the Lodha Panel. The new committee of Administrators will be appointed on January 19, as ordered by the Court. Gopal Subramanium and Jurist Fali S Nariman will set up the new committee to oversee the business operation of the Board.
As stated by the Court, the senior most BCCI vice president will take over as an interim president and joint secretary Amitabh Choudhury would take the post of Secretary. The new offices are set to abide by every recommendation posed by the Lodha Committee. In the previous hearing of December 15, the court reserved the responses forwarded in the status report of the committee. The status report suggested the removal of BCCI office bearers and appoint an observer to over the operations. The three-judge bench that included Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud removed the incumbent office bearers.
As states in Lodha Recommendations, BCCI office bearers must be a citizen of India and cannot be more than 70 years in age. The officer is not to hold any government office as well as any post in other sports associations. The report also put a nine-year cap of cumulative years for an office bearer. RM Lodha said that the order was a victory for the game and it will flourish. He said that "administrators come and go" and "ultimately it is for the game." Meanwhile, Ajay Shirke said that he was not too concerned by the development and the enforcement of the order was not under his individual control. He said that he accepted many recommendations and the new order should be carried on for new and better work. Anurag Thakur was also asked for an explanation for the issue of perjury against him.
Formed in January 2015, the Lodha Committee was formed to propose changes in the existing structure of BCCI. It was set to find out the loopholes in the system for fraud and conflicts of interest. It is formed after the 2013 IPL corruption scandal. After a year, in January 2016, the panel forwarded its recommendations that suggested a complete overhauling of BCCI's functional structure and office hierarchy. Since its release, BCCI has been opposing the changes while accepting some of them to fit into their comfort. It is after almost a year of tussle between Lodha Committee and Supreme Court on one side and BCCI on the other that the recent measures came forth.
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