Anurag Thakur moves SC

A three-judge Bench had declared Thakur and then BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke “unfit” to continue at the helm of the BCCI.

Anurag Thakur. (File Poto)   -  AFP

BJP leader Anurag Thakur has moved the Supreme Court seeking recall of its order of January 2 last year, stripping him of his position as BCCI president and to "forthwith cease and desist" from associating 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 had declared Thakur and then BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke “unfit” to continue at the helm of the BCCI for their “obstructionist” attitude and specious pleas about their incapacity to make affiliated State associations fall in line with the Justice Lodha reforms.

The application dated July 31, 2018 has been filed shortly after the Supreme Court has reserved order on the draft BCCI Constitution even as it has indicated that it does not agree with some of the key Lodha reforms like one-State-one Vote and cooling-off period.

Even Justice Lodha panel’s suggestion to bar government ministers from holding key positions with the Board had come under consideration.

In his application, Thakur said he has been associated with cricket and the BCCI since the year 2000, and the January 2 order of the Supreme Court has caused him “immense mental anguish and public embarrassment”.

Thakur said he was not legally represented in the Supreme Court either as BCCI president or in his personal capacity.

This “fact” was intimated to the court by the BCCI counsel on December 15, 2016, the very day which the court reserved the case for judgment.

However, “the applicant (Thakur) was furnished with the order of January 2, 2017 by the BCCI once the same was pronounced by this Honourable Court”.

He submitted that remarks made by the court in the January 2 order against him were a matter of “public discussion and debate which has affected his public image”.

They has also been a cause of anguish for his family.

“This court did not put the applicant to notice of the factum of any hearing about his conduct. The applicant was unrepresented before this court and was not at all aware of any hearing, debate or discussion about his conduct before this court,” Thakur submitted.

He said the order has imposed on him “adverse civil consequences” without hearing him. It had ordered him to “cease and desist from acting as the President of the BCCI, which is an extremely prestigious elected post”.