SC sacks BCCI President Anurag Thakur

In a hearing that is likely to decide the future of the Indian cricket administration, Supreme Court on January 2 has ordered removal of Anurag Thakur as the chief of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Supreme Court has also ordered the sacking of BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke.

The SC said that all board officials, who had not fallen in line with reforms recommended by the Lodha Committee, must go, reports NDTV. It is also said that Thakur has time till January 19 to reply to the Supreme Court’s charges. The SC will replace the top brass of the BCCI with a new panel of administrators which will be decided on January 19.

Earlier on December 15, the bench that is led by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur threatened to initiate perjury charges against Anurag Thakur. The SC has appointed senior advocates Fali S Nariman and Gopal Subramaniam as amicus curiae, which is an impartial adviser to a court of law and has asked them to suggest the names of those deemed capable of administering the BCCI.

According to the Hindustan Times, the names of Sourav Ganguly and Brijesh Patel are doing the rounds as the next BCCI president. Presently, Ganguly is the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, while Brijesh Patel has run the Karnataka State Cricket Association for a number of years.

Sources: NDTVHT

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Supreme Court rules in favour of IAF – no beards

On Thursday, December 15 the Supreme Court ruled that disallowing Air Force personnel from wearing long beards did not “interfere” with freedom of religion.

Upholding the removal of an Air Force man for keeping a beard, the court said that the rules of the armed forces called for discipline and uniformity.

The bench led by Chief Justice TS Thakur quashed the petition of one Ansari Aftab Ahmed who was earlier discharged from service in 2008. His petition spoke about his fundamental right to freedom of religion – seeking equality with Sikhs who have been allowed to sport unshorn hair and a turban.

The centre’s decision to prevent personnel of a certain community from sporting a beard does not violate fundamental rights of the Indian Constitution.

The second petition filed by Mohammed Zubair questioned the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) decision to prohibit Muslim personnel from sporting a beard.

The Centre also said that the order was in the interest of unifying the combat force while another reason was purely security related. The IAF is a secular force and has due respect for all religions – the forces follow a sense of kinship and do not discriminate on the basis of caste, creed colour or religion.

SOURCES: The Indian Express, India Today

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Alcohol shops to be shut down on highways

NEW DELHI: Starting April 1 2017, no liquor shops will be seen on national or state highways according to Supreme Court’s orders passed today.

TS Thakur Chief Justice of India headed the Supreme Court bench along with Justices DY Chandrachud and LN Rao that ordered a ban on the liquor sale on the state and national highways. No more licenses for new liquor shops are to be issued in and around the highways according to the Apex Court. However, the Supreme Court in the order mentioned that the already running liquor shops can continue till the license period. The court said that the liquor shops should at least be 500 meters away from the highway. The step has been taken to avoid drunk driving on the highways.

The orders were issued because of a public interest litigation filed by an NGO called ‘Arrive Safe’. According to reports provided by ‘Arrive Safe’, almost 1.5 lakh people lose their lives annually in road accidents. The NGO blamed the easy access of liquor on highways for these numbers.

SOURCES: TOI, India Today

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