The Supreme Court on Thursday said that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has committed perjury and might end up arrested if allegations were proved.
According to the apex court, Thakur wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) earlier this year, which breaches the law as amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam called it a deliberate move to claim an outside interference.
On Thursday, during the hearing of the case, Subramaniam told the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur that Anurag Thakur had lied on oath to the apex court, having written false claims in his affidavit.
“Why are you trying to mislead the court? If you want to escape perjury charges, you ought to apologise. At every stage, you have been trying to obstruct. Everyone wants to go around and continue to hold the post even after 70 years. This is such a lucrative business that everyone wants to go on forever.
“Freedom of expression allows you to disagree with the order but you can’t obstruct implementation of the order. Once we pronounce the order (in perjury proceedings), you will have no other place to go except jail,” the court said.
In October, the court had asked Thakur to file an affidavit in October, to cite his detailed talks with ICC CEO David Richardson regarding reforms recommended by the Lodha Committee. However, he denied having done so.
The 42-year-old denied courts allegations, saying he had just asked the current ICC president and former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar for clarification on whether the reform can be titled as government interference in the functioning of the Indian cricket body.
All this happened during the ICC’s financial review meeting in Dubai on August 6-7 2016, claims Thakur.