The Supreme Court Wednesday lashed out at the BCCI for reportedly not complying with its directives on reforms in the cricketing body after the Lodha panel submitted its report accusing the Board of defying orders on many counts.
Chief Justice of India T S Thakur, who heads the special bench that had appointed the Lodha panel to ensure the BCCI reforms itself after adhering to the court orders, warned the Board of adverse directions in case of continued defiance.
“BCCI thinks it is law unto itself. We know how to get our orders implemented. BCCI thinks it is the lord. You (BCCI) better fall in line or we will make you fall in line. the conduct of the BCCI is in poor taste,” said the CJI after the Lodha panel’s report was adduced before him.
Justice Thakur added: “BCCI, it seems, will go to the extent of defying court orders. We had been anticipating such disregard from the Board. We don’t appreciate such tactics by the BCCI. We have no difficulty in passing orders to make sure our previous orders are implemented.”
The CJI gave BCCI time till October 6 to furnish explanations regarding their reported non-compliance.
According to the report by the Lodha panel, the BCCI was stalling reforms at every stage and was flagrantly violating the directions issued by the apex court. It complained that the Board had ignored court orders and the panel’s recommendations on number of selectors, manner of conducting meetings and preparing a roadmap for time-bound reforms. The panel sought action against BCCI’s top brass, including its president Anurag Thakur, for breaching court orders.