The Supreme Court on Monday appointed former Comptroller & Auditor General of India Vinod Rai to head a committee of four that will run the Board of Control for Cricket in India, whose top officers had been removed by the apex court on January 2.
The other administrators are Ramachandra Guha, a renowned historian who has also written on the social history of cricket; Vikram Limaye, managing director and CEO of infrastructure financing major IDFC; and Diana Edulji, a former captain of the women’s cricket team. Incidentally, Rai is also the non-executive independent chairman of IDFC.
The court had removed Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from the posts of BCCI president and secretary on January 2 for failing to implement the Justice R.M. Lodha committee’s reforms as cleared by the apex court in July 2016.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra, A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud said the committee of administrators would take immediate charge and run the board until new officials are elected. The judges made it clear that the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri would report to the committee of administrators.
The bench also shot down the Union government’s plea to appoint the secretary of the sports ministry as one of the administrators, pointing out that bureaucrats and ministers had been barred from holding posts in the BCCI.
This was one of the key recommendations made by Lodha, a former chief justice of India, and his committee and cleared by the apex court.
The bench said Amitabh Chaudhary of BCCI and Vikram Limaye would represent BCCI at the International Cricket Council’s meeting in the first week of February.
Anirudh Chaudhary of the BCCI shall be the third member to represent Indian cricket board at the ICC meeting.
Senior advocate Arvind Datar, representing BCCI, had given the list of names for representing the body at the ICC meeting.