SC again slams BCCI, tells it to 'fall in line' with Lodha panel

29 September 2016

The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Board of Control for Cricket in India, asking it to "fall in line" after the Justice R M Lodha Committee sought removal of the top BCCI management, including its president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, for non-compliance with the apex court's directions.

The Lodha panel, in its status report filed in the apex court, had sought the replacement of top brass of the cricket body with cricket administrators.

It said that the BCCI and its office bearers are not complying with directions and repeatedly issuing statements to undermine the authority of the court and the members of the Lodha panel, which had recommended structural reforms in BCCI.

The counsel appearing for the panel said BCCI is not replying to emails and other communications sent to it and repeatedly defying the orders of the court.

The bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur took note of the submissions and said these are serious allegations and BCCI has to follow the directions of the court.

"If the BCCI thinks that they are law unto themselves, then they are wrong. They have to comply with the directions of the court," the bench also comprising Justice A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said.

"You (BCCI) are behaving like lords. Fall in line otherwise we will make you fall in line," the bench said, adding that "BCCI is bringing the system to disrepute by not following the directions".

Senior advocate Arvind Datar appearing for BCCI said that they have complied with most of the directions and would gradually comply with the rest.

To this the bench said, "Law needs not to be defied. We are not happy about the things going on. We anticipated this approach from BCCI but this is not done. You will have to fall in line with the directions of the court."

The Cricket Association of Bihar also approached the apex court and said that the review petition pending before the court should be taken up urgently.

The bench posted the matter for hearing on 6 October.

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