SC to pronounce order on the fate of BCCI bosses

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur has indicated that the order, scheduled to be pronounced at 10.30 a.m. on Monday, will also contain the apex court's decision on whether to initiate contempt of court and perjury proceedings against BCCI president Anurag Thakur.

The Supreme Court, on Monday, will pronounce its orders on Justice R. M. Lodha Committee's recommendation to remove the current crop of BCCI administrators in order to smoothly implement reforms to usher transparency and accountability within the Indian cricket.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur has indicated that the order, scheduled to be pronounced at 10.30 a.m., will also contain the apex court's decision on whether to initiate contempt of court and perjury proceedings against BCCI president Anurag Thakur.

The Supreme Court, in the last hearing before it reserved the case for orders, had conveyed that it found Mr. Thakur prima facie guilty of contempt of court and perjury for having approached the ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar for a letter seeking to undermine the Supreme Court decision on July 18, 2016, for the appointment of a nominee of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the BCCI Apex Council.

At one point, the apex court had threatened that once it passes an order to initiate prosecution against the BCCI president, no other court would dare to come in between, and Mr. Thakur would have “no way out, but go to jail”.

The court had further observed that the “crux” of the matter was that the Lodha Committee set up by the Supreme Court “thinks he (Anurag Thakur) should step down as he is obstructing reforms”.

The observations against Mr. Thakur was part of a report filed by the Lodha Committee, which sought the court to direct the removal of BCCI office-bearers, especially those above 70 years old, government ministers and those who have already served at the Board's helm for nine years.