The Supreme Court of India has said there is, on first impression, a charge of perjury that can be laid against BCCI president Anurag Thakur for lying under oath.
The court also reserved its order on the Lodha Committee’s suggestion to remove the ineligible BCCI office bearers and appoint former civil servant GK Pillai as an observer to oversee business operations of the board. The BCCI rejected Pillai as an observer during Thursday’s hearing so the court asked the board to submit names for the panel of administrators in the next week.
The court is expected to hear the matter after the winter vacation, which ends on January 2.
The issue of perjury arose because Thakur, in an affidavit, had denied that he sought a letter from the ICC stating that the Lodha Committee’s recommendation to have a member of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s office on the apex council of the BCCI amounted to government interference in the working of the board.
Thakur had said that he had only asked ICC chairman Shashank Manohar what his stance on the matter had been when he was the BCCI president. “I pointed out to the Chairman of the ICC, Mr Shashank Manohar that when he was President of BCCI he had taken a view that the recommendations of the Justice Lodha committee appointing the nominee of the CAG on the Apex Council would amount to governmental interference and might invoke an action of suspension from ICC,” Thakur had said in his affidavit. “I therefor requested him that he being the ICC Chairman can a letter be issued clarifying the position which he had taken as BCCI President.”
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