Anurag Thakur (L) and Ajay Shirke  were sacked by the Supreme Court for not abiding by the rules © IANS
Anurag Thakur (L) and Ajay Shirke were sacked by the Supreme Court for not abiding by the rules © IANS

New Delhi (IANS) Congress leader Manish Tewari on Monday said that the Supreme Court‘s decision to sack BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke was a “right decision” and the cricket body should not have defied the orders of the apex court. Tewari, while stressing that it was his personal opinion, said, “If you ask me personally, it is the right decision of the Supreme Court and BCCI should not have defied its orders of July 18.” He also said that he had appeared as an advocate for cricketers Bishen Singh Bedi, Kirti Azad and others before the Supreme Court in the matter.

Cracking the whip on a defiant BCCI for not complying with its orders to implement the R.M. Lodha Committee reforms, the Supreme Court on Monday sacked its President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court of India on Monday removed Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke from the posts of BCCI president and secretary respectively.  The Supreme Court also added that all officials of the BCCI and its state associations who refuse to ‘abide by the recommendations’ of the Lodha panel shall ‘demit office forthwith’. The country’s apex court appointed Fali Nariman and senior lawyer Gopal Subramanium — who has been working as Amicus Curiae — to finalise a committee of BCCI administrators, which will be announced on January 19.  According to ANI, “Supreme Court says as per July 18, 2016, order, these (Anurag Thakur & Ajay Shirke) 2 officials did not comply with its order and thereby been removed.”