BCCI Chief Anurag Thakur Skips Lodha Panel Meet

By sending Shirke to meet the Lodha Committee, the BCCI has not heeded the advice of retired Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju

Qaiser Mohammad Ali/New Delhi
BCCI Chief Anurag Thakur Skips Lodha Panel Meet
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BCCI Chief Anurag Thakur Skips Lodha Panel Meet
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1970-01-01T05:30:00+0530

BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke on Tuesday turned up to meet the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee at the appointed time at a central Delhi hotel, though BCCI president and Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur, who was also summoned, didn’t reach the venue.

By sending Shirke to meet the Lodha Committee, the BCCI has not heeded the advice of retired Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju, who on Sunday said that he had suggested to BCCI officials against meeting the committee and instead file a review petition in the apex court.

The question now arises: Why did BCCI hire Katju’s services if it were to dump his report? Now, will the BCCI also ignore his advice to file a review petition?

On his blog, Katju admits to advising the BCCI to go for a review. “I have advised the BCCI to mention in their review petition that Justice Thakur (CJI) should recuse himself from the bench hearing the review petition, otherwise the review petition will be futile,” he wrote on Monday.

At the time of writing this story, the BCCI had not filed the review petition in the Supreme Court. But, as per the one month rule, it has till August 17 to do so, if it wants.

On Sunday night, the BCCI, apparently on Katju’s advice, had requested the Lodha Committee to “defer” their scheduled meeting on Tuesday for an unspecified period. But the Committee rejected the request, after which the BCCI seems to have changed it game plan and sent Shirke to meet the three-member Lodha Committee.

A source had said the Lodha Committee had sought a meeting with Thakur and Shirke to give them a timeline, a roadmap for implementing the committee’s recommendations within the BCCI and its state associations. The Supreme Court had given the BCCI six months’ time to implement them.

“We have allotted about half-an-hour to 45 minutes to these officials. But there’s nothing to discuss, really. We were going to just give them a timeline, a roadmap that they have to implement in the BCCI,” the source had told Outlook on Monday.

“It is so because Para No. 92 of the Judgement makes it very clear that the BCCI and every other entity will fully cooperate with the Lodha Committee in implementing the recommendations. So, anybody who interferes or fails to comply stands in contempt of court,” he said.

The Supreme Court has also said in its judgement that if the Lodha Committee needed any help in implementation of its own recommendations (endorsed by the apex court), it can approach the bench again.

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