Anurag Thakur to “cease and desist” from being associated with BCCI, orders Supreme Court [Read order]

The Supreme Court today removed Anurag Thakur from the post of President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Court also removed Ajay Shirke from the post of Secretary while also directing that all office bearers of BCCI and its affiliated State Associations who fail to meet the norms recommended by the Lodha Committee and accepted by this Court, shall have to demit office.

The order was passed today by a Bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.

In its 25-page order, the court directed that,

“Shri Anurag Thakur, President of BCCI and Shri Ajay Shirke, Secretary, BCCI shall forthwith cease and desist from being associated with the working of BCCI;”

Besides being removed from his post, Anurag Thakur has also been asked to explain why he should not be proceeded against under the Contempt of Courts Act and under Section 195 read with Section 340 of the Code of Criminal procedure.

“A notice to show cause shall issue to Mr Anurag Thakur to explain why he should not be proceeded against under the provisions of Section 195 read with Section 340 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973; 

A notice to show cause shall issue to Mr Anurag Thakur to explain why he should not be proceeded with under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971;”

The Supreme Court has further directed all office bearers of BCCI and its affiliated State Associations to demit office if they do not meet the norms recommended by the Lodha Committee.

“All the office bearers of BCCI and of its affiliated State Associations who fail to meet the norms recommended by the Committee and accepted by this Court, shall forthwith demit and cease to hold office namely:

A person shall be disqualified from being an Office Bearer if he or she : (a)Is not a citizen of India; (b) Has attained the age of 70 years; (c) Is declared to be insolvent, or of unsound mind; (d)Is a Minister or government servant; (e) Holds any office or post in a sports or athletic association or federation apart from cricket; (f) Has been an Office Bearer of the BCCI for a cumulative period of 9 years; (g) Has been charged by a Court of Law for having committed any criminal offence.” 

An independent committee of administrators will now be constituted by the court to supervise the administration of BCCI. The committee will oversee all the functions of BCCI.

Senior Advocates Fali S Nariman and Gopal Subramanium have been assigned the task of suggesting names of persons who shall make up the Committee.

In the interim, the senior-most Vice President of BCCI will perform the functions of the president. Likewise, the Joint Secretary will discharge the functions of the Secretary.

In November last year, the court-appointed panel headed by former Chief Justice of India RM Lodha had proposed to the Supreme Court that all the existing office bearers of the BCCI as well as the state associations that do not satisfy the approved criteria be “disqualified” with immediate effect.

Read the order below.

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