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
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.