New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju on Tuesday jumped into the ongoing rift between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Justice RM Lodha over latter's recommendation for freezing the assets of the apex cricketing body.
Katju, who was appointed by the BCCI to advise it on the Lodha panel recommendations and who had later termed the panel as "null and void", today said that BCCI officials should be tied naked to a poll and lashed.
The former apex court judge expressed his reaction to the ongoing spat between BCCI and Justice RM Lodha on Twitter.
This treatment isnt enough. Aisan na manahin. Lodha shud get BCCI officials tied naked to a pole & given 100 lashes each on their behinds
— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) October 4, 2016
Katju's comment comes approximately six weeks after he had termed the Supreme Court's verdict on BCCI reforms as "unconstitutional and illegal". In August, Justice Katju had advised the BCCI to file a review petition before a larger bench of the apex court and also recommended that the board not meet the Lodha Committee on its scheduled meeting on August 9.
At a press conference on August 7, Justice Katju had told the media: "What the Supreme Court has done is unconstitutional and illegal. There has been violation of principles of the Constitution. Under our Constitution, we have legislature, executive and judiciary. There is broad separation of functions. It's the legislature's prerogative to make laws. If judiciary starts making laws, one is setting a dangerous precedent.''
"I have advised them [the BCCI] to file a review petition before a larger bench. In this case, the Supreme Court outsourced a committee to decide on BCCI's punishment," said Justice Katju.
Tensions between the BCCI and the Lodha Committee rose on Tuesday with news of the board threatening to call off the ongoing series between India and New Zealand following a letter from the panel a day before questioning the disbursement of annual subsidies and other payments to state associations.
However, the Lodha Committee clarified that it had not directed Yes Bank and Bank of Maharashtra to freeze the accounts of the BCCI and that the board can carry on with its routine expenses.