BCCI vs Lodha: Anurag Thakur committed perjury, should go to jail, says SC

BCCI president Anurag Thakur could be in deep trouble as the Supreme Court has said that he has prima facie committed perjury and he might have to go to jail if the charges are proved.

The court has reserved the order in this regard. The court has also reserved the order on replacing BCCI top brass with a panel of administrators.

The court asked the amicus curiae whether Thakur committed perjury or not. It replied: “Thakur lied on oath to Supreme Court, in his affidavit he said that he sought Shashank Manohar’s opinion as BCCI chairman”.

The court will pronounce its order before Chief Justice TS Thakur’s retirement in January. The court has asked the BCCI to recommend names for the post of administrators. It has given BCCI a week’s time to give the names.

The court made such serious observation against Thakur with reference to the letter he reportedly sent to ICC chief Dave Richardson regarding the implementation of Lodha panel recommendations. He reportedly had asked the ICC chief to issue a letter to BCCI, stating that the inclusion of a CAG member in the apex council of BCCI will be tantamount to government’s intervention. The ICC doesn’t allow government intervention and it can suspend the sports body if this norm is violated.

The court had asked him in October to submit an affidavit on the letter. Thakur denied that he ever asked the ICC for any letter. He said that he had asked the ICC for clarification whether it views Lodha panel recommendations as government’s intervention.