Justice RM Lodha has said the Supreme Court’s decision to remove Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from their respective posts in the Board of Control for Cricket in India was a ‘logical consequence’.
Lodha, whose committee had recommended sweeping changes to the functioning of the BCCI, said the judgment was bound to happen after the board repeatedly violated the panel’s deadlines to implement the changes.
“This is a logical consequence because once the committee’s reforms were accepted by the Supreme Court in its order of 18th July 2016, it had to be implemented,” he said on Monday (January 2). “There were obstructions, there were impediments. We fixed the timelines that were not adhered to, we submitted three reports before the Supreme Court. Even then it was not implemented, obviously this was to happen and this has happened.”
Lodha refused to call the BCCI overconfident, but said the majesty of law worked.
“I don’t read whether they were overconfident or not,” he said. “But when the order of the Supreme Court, which the highest court of the land, has come, it has to be obeyed by all. It is law of the land, nobody can escape it. The majesty of law has worked, and Supreme Court itself has ensured that its order of 18th July is now enforced.”
The court’s order leaves a leadership void in the board and an air of uncertainty surrounding Indian cricket, but Lodha assured all stake-holders that cricket would flourish following the decision.
“No no no, surely not,” he said when asked if the game’s future was in trouble. “Actually, it is a victory for the game of the cricket, and it will flourish, don’t worry about that. Administrators come, administrators go, but ultimately it is for the benefit of the game. The game will flourish, I am very sure.”
Lodha also refused to predict whether the court would slap a case of perjury against Thakur, saying he hadn’t read the complete order yet.