In yet another setback for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the petition filed by the board seeking a review of the apex court’s validation of the Lodha panel reforms.
On Monday, “defiant” and “obstructionist” BCCI was pushed to the backfoot by Supreme Court, which said its President Anurag Thakur and veteran official Ratnakar Shetty were “at odds” on the allegation that ICC’s indulgence was sought to state that implementation of Lodha panel’s recommendations and apex court directions tantamounted to government interference in its working.
“Thakur admits that he had asked ICC chairperson (Shashank Manohar) for a letter while Ratnakar Shetty’s affidavit says he had not asked. Shetty’s affidavit filed earlier is at odds with that of Anurag Thakur,” a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had observed.
The bench, which reserved its order on the likely directions to be passed to the BCCI on implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendation for massive structural reform in the cash-rich sports body, took strong exception on the conflicting stand of Thakur and Shetty, General Manager (Cricket Operation), who were asked to file personal affidavits on October 7.
(With inputs from PTI)