How Supreme Court delivered the final blow in a prolonged battle

How Supreme Court delivered the final blow in a prolonged battle
July 18, 2016: SC accepts majority of the Lodha recommendations and gives the BCCI four to six months to implement them.

July 20: The Lodha Committee asks the BCCI to direct all State associations to put their elections on hold. The Cricket Association of Bengal and the Karnataka State Cricket Association postpone their elections.

July 21: The Lodha panel clarifies that office bearers, both in the BCCI and state associations, who have completed nine years in the job cumulatively stand disqualified.

August 2: BCCI appoints legal panel to liaise with Lodha Committee with former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju as the head the panel.

August 7: Katju terms Supreme Court’s July 18 order "unconstitutional and illegal".

August 9: Lodha Committee issues first set of timelines and the deadline for the first phase set on September 30.

August 31: Lodha Committee amends IPL Governing Council recommendation by withdrawing its suggestion to have nominees of two franchises sit on the IPL Governing Council on a rotational basis.

September 1: Second set of deadlines for the BCCI directed the Board to hold elections for the Apex Council - to replace the board's highest-decision making body, the working committee - and conduct its AGM by December 15.

September 12: ICC's chief executive David Richardson says that BCCI president Anurag Thakur had asked the global body to send a letter, asking the world governing body to clarify whether the reforms of the Lodha Committee did not amount to government interference in the running of the Indian board. However ICC chairman Shashank Manohar asks BCCI to "formally" send the request in writing.

September 21: BCCI defies Lodha Committee, picks 5-member selection panel.

September 28: Lodha Committee asks Supreme Court to 'supersede' BCCI top brass, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur warns the board to implement the recommendations.

September 30: BCCI misses first Lodha deadline of September 30, and fails to adopt the Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations at its SGM, which would trigger the implementation of the Lodha recommendations.

October 1: At the SGM, the BCCI agrees to implement important recommendations, but key reforms - the age restriction of 70 years for board officials, the tenure cap of nine years with cooling-off periods, and the one-state-one-vote policy, among others - go missing from the list.

October 3: Lodha Committee asks banks to halt two BCCI transactions.

October 6: The Supreme Court asks the BCCI to submit an undertaking that it will "unconditionally" implement all the court-approved recommendations of the Lodha Committee by October 7 failing which its office bearers could be replaced with a panel of administrators.

October 7: State associations face funding cuts.

October 15: At an emergency meeting in Delhi, the board and its members cited "practical difficulties" in implementing the Lodha Committee's recommendations.

October 17: Court reserves order on Lodha Committee status report while Anurag Thakur files an affidavit denying he had sought a letter from the ICC saying the Lodha Committee's recommendations were "tantamount" to government interference in the working of the board.

October 21: Supreme Court limits BCCI's financial freedom.

November 21: The Lodha Committee proposes SC nod to remove BCCI and State unit office bearers who do not satisfy the approved criteria be "disqualified" with immediate effect.

December 2: BCCI’s opposition to certain reforms continues.

December 15: Anurag Thakur faces possibility of perjury charge.

January 2: BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke removed. The SC says a committee of administrators would be appointed on January 19 to oversee the operations of the BCCI. That committee will be finalised by the pair of amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium and Fali S Nariman.
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