Anurag Thakur lied on oath to Supreme Court, tried to obstruct reform process: Amicus Curiae

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New Delhi | Updated: December 15, 2016 6:28:34 PM

Claiming that BCCI President Anurag Thakur had lied on the oath to the Supreme Court, an Amicus Curiae, today, claimed at the Supreme Court that Thakur had tried to obstruct reform process.

On the rift between the Lodha panel and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the apex court had asked Amicus Curiae whether Anurag Thakur had committed perjury in the case. (Reuters Photo)On the rift between the Lodha panel and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the apex court had asked Amicus Curiae whether Anurag Thakur had committed perjury in the case. (Reuters Photo)

Claiming that BCCI President Anurag Thakur had lied on the oath to the Supreme Court, an Amicus Curiae, today, claimed at the Supreme Court that Thakur had tried to obstruct reform process. The Amicus Curiae further raised questions on the affidavit by the BCCI president where he had mentioned that he had sought Shashank Manohar’s opinion as BCCI chairman.

The apex court, which is hearing the Lodha panel’s third status report that asked for the removal of top brass of the BCCI, asked Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam whether Thakur committed perjury or not in the case.

In reply, the Amicus Curiae revealed that the BCCI chief, in his affidavit submitted to the top court, had said that he sought Shashank Manohar’s opinion as BCCI chairman, which was denied by the latter saying that it was asked in the ICC meeting. Granting one week time, the Supreme Court had asked BCCI to suggest name for the post of administrator. It should be noted that if Thakur is found to have committed perjury then he might land in jail.

The three-member apex court-bench, headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, also asked the country’s cricket board to suggest if there is any name for post of administrator and also granted them one-week time for the same.

Meanwhile, the top court also reserved order on replacing BCCI top brass with a panel of administrators. The final order on Thakur’s purported misdemeanour will now be taken on January 3 when the court returns after the winter break.

Earlier, following the cricket control body’s Special General Meeting, discussing their response to the changes recommended by the panel led by Justice Lodha, BCCI continued its stance to oppose the Lodha Panel. However, on October 1, BCCI had accepted many recommendations by the Lodha panel but the 30 member committed had ommitted important ones like one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, continue with the five-selectors and retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.

(With inputs from ANI)

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