SC stays order on naming BCCI administrators
The Supreme Court today held back its order to name the BCCI administrators. The cricketing body said that they also wanted to submit some names as administrators in the cricketing body in a sealed cover. Granting permission to submit the names, the apex court said that they won't accept names of people above 70 years of age.
Lodha Panel was appointed by the Supreme Court of India to bring reforms in Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). After the panel sent its recommendations to the BCCI, they have declined to accept major reforms bringing in the SC in between. The SC made it clear to BCCI that they had no option but to accept the recommendations of the panel.
In a historic judgement, the Supreme Court of India ordered removal of BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke. The board had declined SC order of implementing all the reforms suggested by Lodha Panel. Anurag Thakur was also issued a contempt notice by the SC on charges of perjury. SC asked the senior most vice-president of BCCI to look after its affairs.
The Supreme Court of India has removed senior lawyer Fali Nariman who was appointed by the apex court on Monday to name the new BCCI officials. Nariman said that he would not like to take the exercise as he had previously represented the cricketing body as a lawyer in 2009. He has now been replaced by senior advocate Anil Divan.
SC has asked Anil Divan and Gopal Subramaniam to name the new BCCI officials on 19 January. Till then the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri will see the workings of BCCI.
Former Indian captain and current Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly said that he is not looking to be the president of BCCI. He added, "It's better not to take my name. There is no reason to take my name. It's too early." Ganguly has completed one year as the CAB chief and still has two more years to go.
Karnataka State Cricket Association President P.R. Ashok Anand, secretary Brijesh Patel and treasurer P. Dayananda Pai have stepped down in wake of the Supreme Court's order. Aged 75 and 71 respectively, Ashok Anand and Dayananda Pai did not fit in the age cap of 70 years, set by the Lodha Panel. On the other hand, Patel had completed five three year terms.
Supreme Court today raised questions over the names of people submitted by the Amicus Curiae in the BCCI case as to why were there people aged above 70 in the list. The Apex court was supposed to name BCCI's interim body of administrators based on the named suggested by Gopal Subramaniam and Anil Divanas. However, the hearing has now been postponed to Tuesday.
The list submitted in a closed envelope by Gopal Subramaniam and Anil Divanas contained names of several people who were aged above 70. As per the Lodha Panel recommendations, no BCCI official should be over the age of 70.
According to Wikipedia page of BCCI (at the time of writing), Ganguly has been appointed as its President. Apart from this, the headquarters of BCCI have been mentioned as Kolkata instead of Mumbai. According to the page history, the changes were made on 19 January.