Following the Supreme Court’s order of tendering an ‘unconditional and unambiguous’ apology for misleading the court, former BCCI president Anurag Thakur, on Thursday (July 13), submitted an unconditional apology in the apex court. Thakur, in his affidavit, said that he never intended to undermine the majesty of the apex court.
“I humbly submit that it was never the intention of the deponent to undermine the majesty of this court and since unintentionally some kind of misinformation and miscommunication has occurred, I unhesitatingly tender my unconditional and unequivocal apology to this court,” the affidavit submitted by Thakur read.
Last week, the apex court had said that if the former BCCI honcho is present at the court while submitting the affidavit, it’ll close the contempt proceedings against him. In December, the Supreme Court had threatened to initiate perjury charges against Thakur for allegedly lying about asking the International Cricket Council (ICC) to term the Lodha reforms as governmental interference. Thakur had filed a false affidavit back then, denying the accusations before being removed along with board secretary Ajay Shirke in January.
“At every stage your client has played an obstructive role. Should he really be the person holding this post? Should the entire board be removed for non compliance,” the Chief Justice had said then.
“You ought to absolutely apologise if you want to escape. These kind 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 the court. This seems to be lucrative business and everyone wants to go on even after 70 years,” he had added.
As of now, the BCCI’s administration is overseen by the Committee of Administrators which was appointed by the court on January 30. The panel led by Vinod Rai has been given the responsibility of running the day-to-day administration of the board till the Lodha panel recommendations are fully implemented and elections are held.