SC to hear Amitabh Choudhary’s plea on appointment of BCCI office bearers
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a plea filed by Amitabh Choudhary, joint secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking implementation of the court’s earlier orders on appointment of the cricketing body’s office bearers.
Senior advocate Punit Bali sought an urgent hearing to clarify the role of the court appointed four-member committee headed by former comptroller and auditor general of India Vinod Rai.
“The panel of administrators appointed by the court has barred office bearers from entering BCCI premises stating some lack of clarity in the orders passed by the court,” Bali told a bench headed by justice Dipak Misra.
“The only job entrusted to the administrators is to oversee the smooth transition of the BCCI and to supervise the working of the office-bearers. Instead, they are passing directions which give an impression that they are to administer the BCCI,” the petition said.
On 2 January, the court had removed Anurag Thakur as president and Ajay Shirke as secretary and directed that the senior-most joint secretary will function as the acting secretary. The court had said that all office-bearers, both at the national and state level, would have to comply with the Lodha panel recommendations and state so in an unconditional undertaking to the court. Choudhary claimed that he must be appointed acting secretary as he is BCCI’s senior most joint secretary.
The court’s orders were to end a long-drawn battle over the implementation of reforms recommended by the Lodha committee, which was constituted by the apex court to clean up the BCCI after the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) betting and spot-fixing scandal.
Apart from Rai, Vikram Limaye, managing director and CEO of IDBI Bank; former Indian women’s cricket captain Diana Edulji; and historian and writer Ramchandra Guha were appointed to manage BCCI.