Supreme Court on Thursday held BJP MP and BCCI Chief Anurag Thakur guilty of committing the twin offences of contempt of court and perjury to sabotage the court’s order to clean up the cricket board.
“Once we pronounce the order you will have no other place to go except jail”
A bench comprising of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said Thakur could not continue to hold the post of BCCI head as he had misled the court.
“Prima facie Anurag Thakur committed perjury,” Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said and suggested that Anurag Thakur “ought to absolutely apologise” if he wanted to escape. “These kinds of things don’t help. Please don’t force us. You go to ICC and ask for a letter so that you can return to say BCCI will be out of ICC. The whole object was to stop court. This seems to be a lucrative business and everyone wants it to go on.”
The bench was referring to his conduct in seeking a letter from International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Shashank Manohar to get his support in a bid to “frustrate” the court’s order to appoint a nominee of the Comptroller and auditor general (CAG) to the board to keep an eye on its financial transactions.
His client was “ready to apologise”-lawyer
Following the serious warning issued to BCCI Chief, Kapil Sibal, appearing for the BCCI, said his client was “ready to apologise”.
The BCCI is the richest sporting board in the whole country and has been in the news for rampant corruption and the Lodha commission recommended that financial matters must be totally out of bounds of its members and chief.
In fact, the Justice RM Lodha committee, which was asked by the SC to suggest reforms in cricket administration, suggested that the court appoint observers for the BCCI and state associations and render the present office-bearers powerless.
Meanwhile Amit Shah brought in some changes in the form of replacing Anurag Thakur with Poonam Mahajan(the daughter of late Pramod Mahajan) as the youth wing leader(Bharatiya Yuva Morcha President) of the party.