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BCCI president Anurag Thakur removed from post by Indian Supreme Court

Updated Jan 02, 2017 12:28pm

The Indian Supreme Court on Monday ordered the removal of Anurag Thakur as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Ajay Shirke as the BCCI secretary for failing to reform the country's cricket body as suggested by a court-appointed committee.

The court also issued a showcause notice to Thakur and Shirke pertaining to charges of perjury and contempt of court.

The court-appointed committee, headed by a retired judge, suggested in December 2015 that each of the country's states get just one vote in the BCCI and in state cricket bodies, that the age limit of cricket administrators be capped at 70, and that government ministers and bureaucrats be kept out of the cricket authorities.

Thakur and Shirke have until Jan 19 to reply to the Indian apex court's charges.

With India's growing economy, and billions of dollars flowing in from sponsorships, India's top cricket board has seen its power over international cricket grow sharply.

Comments (54) Closed

Jan 02, 2017 11:53am

He was one of the most politicized and useless person.

Jan 02, 2017 12:10pm

Very excellent action by the indian supreme court to cleanse the cricket board of the corrupt administrators.

There is a lot of unaccounted income in the cricket board .Now, there will be transparency.

Jan 02, 2017 12:13pm

It can only happen in India where no one is above of law of the land.

Zakir naik
Jan 02, 2017 12:14pm

Yayyyy Cricket won! Thank GOD

Jan 02, 2017 12:17pm

Mr Anurag Thakur is a member of ruling party & third time MP. Yet, he can't apply his clout on independent Judiciary. This is the beauty of functioning democracy & independent judiciary in India.

Jan 02, 2017 12:18pm

Indian judiciary is best.

Philosopher(from japan)
Jan 02, 2017 12:21pm

Good riddance.

Jan 02, 2017 12:31pm

Indians judiciary is the best..No one above law. Rule of law in action.

Jan 02, 2017 12:44pm

@rdm unfortunately, same can't be said about others.

Jan 02, 2017 01:36pm

@GAUR Yes , the same can't be said about other countries

Tuk Tuk
Jan 02, 2017 01:51pm

Excellent decision. Supreme Court is really supreme.

Jan 02, 2017 02:08pm

@NILESH81 No doubt its a bold decision but please don't generalise it since people know how Reliance got money for free cell phones and how close friends and allies got notified months before note not "everyone" is under the law :)

Jan 02, 2017 02:10pm

Good to get rid of this arrogant chap

Jan 02, 2017 02:15pm

I am neither BJP nor Anurag Thakur supporter. But I have few questions about the "reforms" which Lodha Committee want to implement 1. Lodha committee says age limit should be 70. This is against democracy. In india, there is no age limit even for a Top job like Prime Minister, President etc so why target Cricket Admins? This move is largely to keep aside a top Cricket administer like Sharad Pawar (who is an opponent of Modi) , there can not be any other logic to this. 2. The committee wants to keep Government, Political Personalities out of The BCCI. What is logic in that? Are All Politicians corrupt? If it so Then why people elect them frequently? After all they have come from "the people themselves" no? Do sport personalities qualify for the administrative job because they were good athlete? What if They get corrupt after assuming office (as they too have come from "the people themselves"? (As we have seen Match fixing many times) ...1/n

Jan 02, 2017 02:14pm
  1. The committee says one vote for one State. That is practically a dumb Idea. because if this happens The 2nd biggest state in India, Maharashtra which have population of 11 Crores and has 4 inter nation stadiums will have same vote value to the state of Sikkim which have 6 lac of population and does not have a single stadium. By going to the population and infrastructure perspective, this is a tad unfair to the states which are bigger and have well infrastructure.
  2. Ajay Shirke is not a political personality and known as a clean and excellent Administrator of BCCI. To Admin and manage world's biggest/richest cricket body he had ample experience. It is very unfortunate that a man like him has to go in such a fashion. It is a loss of cricket I would say...2/n
Jan 02, 2017 02:18pm
  1. And last, in India Judiciary is generally respected by all which has to be so. But What if Judiciary overpowers and goes anti democracy in the name of eliminate corruption. There is no stopping to that as Indian Judiciary is free and NOT even PM can interfere it. I am not saying Courts should not interfere. Just what if they tactical go wrong? Who is there to stop them? There is a term for the situation "Judicial Dictatorship"...3/n
Jan 02, 2017 02:30pm

@Amit for your info, Anurag Thakur is also from BJP (as u were saying this is done to favor Modi)

Truth from kashmir
Jan 02, 2017 02:28pm

@Aamir no one knows about the note ban. You are wrong my brother.

Jan 02, 2017 02:34pm

@Amit Anantaben the CM of Gujarath and BJP was asked to resign when she reached 70 yrs age. Age limit is good and it is not restricted to cricket only. I see Shorauv ganguli as next BCCI chef

Dr. SalariA, Aamir Ahmad
Jan 02, 2017 02:45pm

Too little, too late.

Jan 02, 2017 02:52pm

@Amit! Age limit

Jan 02, 2017 03:08pm

@rdm such blatant and wanton misuse of power could only happen during bjp rule

Jan 02, 2017 03:23pm

Throw him in jail!!!

Jan 02, 2017 03:21pm

@positive dude, even a 10 years would know Anurag is BJP MP. I did not say Modi is sacking cricket admins, it is the supreme court. I am just saying age should not be a factor as Sharad Pawar, Jagmohan Dalmia have done great job, and as a result BCCI is richest in the world today.

A pakistani
Jan 02, 2017 03:30pm

Only in India do you see the President of a sports board issuing hate filled statements against another country i.e. Anurag Thakur routinely giving negative statement against Pakistan Cricket Team.

Jan 02, 2017 03:32pm

What about cricket Thacker?

ravi sharma
Jan 02, 2017 03:45pm

@Aamir Why the hell on earth Mukesh Ambani would need money for his pet project. If a businessman has the guts to sustain loss offering free services (to increase customer base) then its a win-win situation when paid plans are rolled out.

Jan 02, 2017 03:54pm

Reading such news ... and news like: 'The court also issued a show cause notice to Thakur and Shirke pertaining to charges of perjury and contempt of court', is really amazing. It gives the feeling that Pakistan and India was once one country, and people living in both countries have same genetic makeup.

It is such an irony that whatever developments and progress comes in the region, people in the region would stay hungry, unclothed, uneducated, diseased, unsheltered, deprived of basic amenities, abused by judiciary and police, exploited by politicians and rich, and would live in ignorance for many generation to come, while few rich and powerful in politics, bureaucracies, businesses and industries would keep enjoying the fruits of their labour and resources. Developed world and UAE would also enjoy their wealth and labour, just by allowing corrupts and thugs of both countries to invest their illgotten wealth in properties and bank accounts of these countries.

Jan 02, 2017 04:02pm

@Dr. SalariA, Aamir Ahmad for good decision there is nothing as late but better late then none.

Jan 02, 2017 04:18pm

@Shazad Tiy said correctly both the countries have same genetic make up. Same culture, same flaws and same habits, same mentality..

Isabhai Surat wala
Jan 02, 2017 04:29pm

Nice to know that he was influenced by ruling party BJP...

Kabeela Khan
Jan 02, 2017 04:30pm

One must appreciate the impartial and independent action by the Supreme Court of India.

Jan 02, 2017 04:33pm

@Aamir You seem to know in and out of Indian politics. If only you could apply that to Pakistan your country would have been in a much better shape.

Jan 02, 2017 05:15pm

@Shiva absolutely correct !

point of view
Jan 02, 2017 05:57pm

No one above the law in India.

Saif Zulfiqae
Jan 02, 2017 06:23pm

@Secular, Yet people like Tatas, Birlas, Ambanis got their demonitized currency change at their offices and bungalows, notepad of gong to the banks.

Jan 02, 2017 07:18pm

Put the whole lot in jail....corrupt people....too big for their boots, money is going to their head.

Illim din
Jan 02, 2017 07:19pm

Money has gone into the head of Indians.

Masood Hussain
Jan 02, 2017 07:27pm

Zindabad ISC, Thakur deserved this kick.

Jan 02, 2017 07:51pm

Anurag takur is good administrator, he knows how to come back.

Debasis Choudhuri
Jan 02, 2017 09:25pm

@Faisal R u his brother. He is a cricketer who scored century. However I support SC as it will growth Indian cricket.

Vivaan SINGH
Jan 02, 2017 10:01pm

Ganguly will be new boss of cricket ... Means bcci !! And he also from BJP!!

Jan 02, 2017 10:49pm

@Amit " 1. Lodha committee says age limit should be 70. This is against democracy. In india, there is no age limit even for a Top job like Prime Minister, President etc so why target Cricket Admins? " Why is it against Democracy? In fact, we Indians need to amend our constitution to keep an age limit for PM/President and limit their number of terms too (max 3 terms) - even if the people desire this. Why? We can see where a democratically elected Ergodan has taken Turkey to, today. We saw how Indira Gandhi took India to the lowest point in its democracy, the emergency.

Jan 02, 2017 10:58pm

@Saif Zulfiqae How do you know that?

Jan 02, 2017 11:07pm

@Aamir Can you name who was notified before note ban? Even if they were informed what possibly they could have done?

Jan 02, 2017 11:43pm

proud of our courts no one is above law

Amanullaha Khan
Jan 03, 2017 03:17am

Sad day for Indian Cricket. Of all the sports bodies in India, BCCI is far superior and far more efficient. Seems like a section of intellectual elite decided to bring it down on par with other sport bodies. It is easier to point at the issues but at the same time one needs to appreciate the board current and ex officials, for their effort too. It is totally lacking on the part of this decision. Also term limits will kill any long term plans too.

David RAY
Jan 03, 2017 05:29am

BCCI is one of the best managed sports organization. Sad to see SC going after this organization rather then other sports entities in India.

only truth
Jan 03, 2017 09:17am

@Vivaan SINGH No brother, he is from TMC. Mamta group.

Vivek Wani
Jan 03, 2017 09:40am

No one is above law, respect court decision.

Jan 03, 2017 05:24pm

@Amanullaha Khan So you are pointing fingers against the judgement of the highest judicial body of the largest Democratic Country.

Harsha Subbaiah
Jan 03, 2017 05:44pm

About time he left along with Ajay Shirke. We may have not been going into dark age with these two but the whole body was becoming another political gimmick. I hope the next president is appointed by Lodha commission directly after extreme scrutiny. BCCI makes millions and Billions and messes with them even worse. And I also hope the new president paves way for Indo-Pak series which of late has been on the back burner.

Jan 04, 2017 12:53am

I wonder what will be the opinion of Indian SC on violation of cricketing ties MOU with PCB.

Jan 04, 2017 07:34pm

@Que calm down bro. This isn't French revolution

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