A Supreme Court bench, headed by outgoing Chief Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, on Monday finally put its stamp on the Justic Rajendra Mal Lodha Committee report by ordering the removal of Anurag Thakur as president of the Indian cricket board and Ajay Shirkey as its secretary.
It took a year for the apex court to bring an end to a long, bitter argument over a new template for transparency, accountability and good governance to what is considered as the best run and financially sound sports organisation.
The verdict is on expected lines, except that it could have had a relook at the one-state-one-vote and the tenure of office, if certainly not the age cap of 70, and somewhat modified the order.
Curiously, though the verdict has been delayed till a day before Thakur is to lay down his office. The only logical explanation could be to give the board to exhaust all its avenues to argue the historic case.
The board kept arguing that there was nothing wrong with its administration, citing how well it has spent its money in creating excellent infrastructure throughout the country to pave the way for India to become number one team in the world.