SC gives BCCI last chance to toe the Lodha panel line Army foils in­fil­tra­tion bids in J&K, 7 mil­i­tants killed

FACE-OFF SC threat­ens to dis­miss board’s top brass; in­terim or­der ex­pected today

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In­dia’s cricket board re­fused on Thurs­day to of­fer a guar­an­tee that it would com­ply with sweep­ing re­forms en­dorsed by the Supreme Court, wors­en­ing a bit­ter stand-off with the ju­di­ciary that threat­ens to dis­rupt the sport in the coun­try.

The board’s de­fi­ance an­gered a bench led by chief jus­tice TS Thakur, which threat­ened to dis­miss the body’s top rung and pass an in­terim or­der on Fri­day bar­ring the fund­ing of state cricket as­so­ci­a­tions, pro­hib­ited un­der the SC-ap­pointed Lodha panel rec­om­men­da­tions.

“If you are giv­ing an un­con­di­tional un­der­tak­ing that you are abid­ing by all con­di­tions by to­mor­row, we will wait, oth­er­wise we are pass­ing or­ders,” jus­tice Thakur told the BCCI.

One of the world’s rich­est and most pow­er­ful sports bod­ies, the BCCI has been dogged by fi­nan­cial scan­dals and al­le­ga­tions of mis­man­age­ment for decades.

Af­ter a spot-fix­ing scan­dal in the flag­ship In­dian Premier League marred the BCCI’s rep­u­ta­tion three years ago, the SC or­dered a panel un­der for­mer CJI RM Lodha to clean up the body and sug­gest changes.

Se­cu­rity forces gunned down seven mil­i­tants in Kash­mir on Thurs­day, in­clud­ing three who tried to storm an Army camp in north­ern Kash­mir, the sec­ond such strike in the Val­ley af­ter the Septem­ber 18 Uri at­tack.

Four in­fil­tra­tors were killed when the Army re­pelled three in­fil­tra­tion bids along the line of con­trol, a sig­nal that Pak­istan has stepped up the of­fen­sive af­ter In­dian forces struck mil­i­tants pre­par­ing to sneak into In­dia from Pak­istan-oc­cu­pied Kash­mir on Septem­ber 29.

Two GPS sets and two wire­less sets with code sheets of the kind used by Lashkar-e-Taiba ter­ror group were re­cov­ered from the mil­i­tants, who at­tacked the 30 Soldiers dis­play the arms and am­mu­ni­tion re­cov­ered from the mil­i­tants at an Army camp in Kup­wara on Thurs­day. Rashtriya Ri­fles (RR) camp at Lan­gate in Kup­wara district, in­tel­li­gence sources said in Delhi.

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