Justice TS Thakur comes down hard at BCCI
Published - Oct 6, 2016 12:57 pm | Updated - Oct 6, 2016 4:39 pm
The Supreme Court has lashed its whip on BCCI during its hearing on Thursday reacting to BCCI’s alleged neglect of recommendations made by the Lodha committee set up to suggest reforms in the sports body.
Chief Justice of India TS Thakur enquired about the president of the Board of Control For Cricket in India BJP parliamentarian Anurag Thakur and whether the office bearers of the board were professionally qualified
“Does anyone of them have any qualification. Who is the president of the BCCI? What is he? Is he a politician? Did he play cricket?” Justice Thakur asked, in quick succession.
The BCCI’s counsel Kapil Sibal intervened at this point, pointing out that Thakur had played cricket at the Ranji-trophy level. But the CJI wasn’t impressed. “Even I am the captain of the Supreme Court cricket team,” he said.
The amicus curiae, Gopal Subramanian, commented, “I can only say he is not an accomplished cricketer.”
At this point, Thakur appeared convinced. “These positions in the BCCI are based only on the election, not on specific qualification,” the CJI commented.
The BCCI has been asked by the Supreme Court to give an undertaking by October 7. The undertaking must “unconditionally” implement all the court-approved recommendations of the Lodha Committee.
The court asked the Kapil Sibal to check with the board and respond by October 7; Sibal is understood to have asked for more time but the court refused. If the board failed to provide such an undertaking, the Supreme Court indicated it would pass an order on Friday to replace the board’s office bearers with a panel of administrators.
“What do you want?” TS Thakur, the Chief Justice of India and head of the three-judge bench hearing the matter, said. “Either we pass orders tomorrow or you give us a statement that you will abide unconditionally by the recommendations and directions of the Lodha Committee.”
The latest developments in the tussle between the BCCI and the Lodha Committee took place in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The court was hearing the BCCI’s response to the status report filed by the Lodha Committee last week, which recommended that the BCCI office bearers be superseded because they were impeding the implementation of the recommendations passed by a Supreme Court order on July 18.
Here is how Twitter reacted as Kapil Sibal told SC that Anurag Thakur is a cricketer:
.@gauthamgururaj Btw have you heard about Anurag's cricketing career? Was the selector, opening batsman and opening bowler in a match.
— Dushyant (@atti_cus) October 6, 2016
Anurag Thakur is a cricketer: Kapil Sibal
We r all cricketers here, Mr. Sibal. I was captain of SC judges team against the Bar: CJI Thakur
— Krishnadas Rajagopal (@kdrajagopal) October 6, 2016
"Kapil Sibal" trending on twitter
I like @KapilSibal coz he is the only second person who re-defined " Zero" after 5 C Aryabhata
— Vijay Pai (@paivijay) October 6, 2016
Kapil Sibal : Anurag thakur was a serious cricketer
Anurag thakur :???
Bcci Vs lodha pic.twitter.com/4bMLhIfvpb
— ᏴᎻᎪᎡᎪᎢᎻ (@bharathr002) October 6, 2016
Anurag Thakur is just keeping the seat warm for someone else or like, Bharat, ruling with Ram's shoes on the chair "Kapil Sibal"
— MANOJ (@mkbansal_62) October 6, 2016
Anurag thakur is a serious Cricketer according to Kapil Sibal . So did he play in ICU of any hospital ? SC should dissolve BCCI
— Vijay Sriram Iyengar (@Sriram_sv) October 6, 2016
Congress's Kapil Sibal representing BCCI says BJP's Anurag Thakur is a good cricketer.
Supreme Court: LBW ~ Lost – Beaten – Walloped
— Debarati Majumder (@debarati_m) October 6, 2016