Anurag Thakur apologises to Supreme Court, again

The former BCCI president has offered an “unconditional apology” in a contempt case initiated against him by the apex court.

Anurag Thakur is required to be present in court for the hearing on Friday.   -  R. V. Moorthy


Former BCCI president and BJP leader Anurag Thakur filed a fresh application offering “unconditional apology” to the Supreme Court in a contempt case initiated against him by the court.

A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra, A. M. Khanwilkar and D. Y. Chandrachud said it wanted a categorical and unconditional apology filed in a one-page affidavit and directed Mr. Thakur to be present in court for the next hearing on July 14.

In his one-page application, Mr. Thakur said, “I humbly submit it was never the intention of the deponent (Mr. Thakur) to undermine the majesty of this Honourable Court and since unintentionally some of kind of misinformation or miscommunication has occurred, I unhesitatingly tender my unconditional and unequivocal apology to this Honourable Court.”

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The Supreme Court had on January 2 stripped Mr. Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke of their posts with Indian cricket's most powerful body after declaring them “unfit” to continue at the helm of the BCCI for their “obstructionist” attitude and specious pleas in court about their incapacity to make affiliated State associations fall in line with the Justice R. M. Lodha panel reforms.

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The court had also found Mr. Thakur prima facie guilty of both contempt of Supreme Court proceedings and perjury (fabrication of false evidence).

The court had held that Mr. Thakur's attempts to “solicit” ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar in Dubai for a letter to undermine the Supreme Court judgement of July 18, 2016 which upheld the Lodha Committee recommendation to include a CAG nominee on the Board's apex council prima facie amounted to sheer contempt.

The apex court had further said Mr. Thakur was prima facie guilty of placing on record a “fabricated” minutes of a BCCI Working Committee meeting held on August 22, 2016 in order to lend support for his version that he had only sought a clarification from Mr. Manohar and not a letter.

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