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Sacking of Anurag Thakur, Ajay Shirke by SC a welcome step!
It is indeed a matter of utmost satisfaction that the Supreme Court of India, after a long wait, has taken strict action against ever-defiant (now-ousted) BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke.

Yesterday, the apex court sacked both of them from their posts after they themselves did not put in their papers even after the recommendations of the Supreme Court appointed committee headed by former Chief Justice of India, RM Lodha.

But it is not enough. Now, verdict on charges of contempt and perjury against erring politician/office-bearer having hijacked cricket-administration in world's richest cricket-body is awaited.

It is noteworthy that the Supreme Court has observed that Anurag Thakur as BCCI President "obstructed and impeded" implementation of the Lodha panel's recommendations aimed at bringing transparency in the functioning of the cricket body.

Justice RM Lodha committee had also required the central government to take a final call on bringing the BCCI under the purview of RTI Act. But, since the central government has also not taken decision to bring the BCCI under the purview of RTI Act, it is for Supreme Court or Justice RM Lodha committee to take a final call on this issue.

When Hockey India can be under the purview of RTI Act, there is no reason why other sports-bodies including super-rich BCCI and its affiliated state cricket associations cannot be brought under RTI Act.

The super rich BCCI had obtained an ex-party stay order from the Madras High Court when a full bench of the Central Information Commission (CIC) was hearing the matter.

(Mr. Subhash Chandra Agrawal is a noted RTI activist)

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