Anurag Thakur filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking the recall of the order that removed him as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
On January 2, 2017, a Supreme Court bench headed by then Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, sacked Thakur and BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke for failing to implement the reforms drafted by the Justice Lodha committee.
In his application, Thakur, a BJP MP, said that he was not present in his personal capacity during the court proceedings and was subsequently furnished with the Supreme Court order by the BCCI. Saying that court’s order “caused mental anguish and public embarrassment,” Thakur, who was the president of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, added that he was “not heard either in person or through counsel” before the top court removed him.
Thakur’s application comes at a time when the Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, agreed to review the ‘one state, one vote’ and ‘cooling off’ clauses and has reserved its order on a new BCCI constitution.
On July 5, the three-judge bench of Justice Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, hearing the BCCI matter after the Vinod Rai-headed Committee of Administrators filed its ninth status report highlighting the defiance of BCCI officials, said modifications to its judgement of July 18, 2016 that included the ‘one state, one vote’ and cooling-off period clauses could be considered.
BCCI officials have been steadfastly opposing clauses in the Lodha proposals that arrest long-term power to officials, curb conflict of interest and relegate institutional units with voting rights. The BCCI is in constant conflict between its ‘acting’ officials and the CoA.
Thakur’s application will only add twist to this protracted power game that has left cricket administration in the doldrums. From August 7, 2013 till July 5, 2018, 173 hearings have taken place in the courts. Four chief justices, including Misra, are among a dozen judges to have heard the case.