The Supreme Court had earlier sacked Anurag Thakur for his alleged attemps to stall the Lodha panel recommendations which were approved by the court    IANS
The Supreme Court had earlier sacked Anurag Thakur for his alleged attemps to stall the Lodha panel recommendations which were approved by the court IANS

With the ongoing tussle of BCCI with the Lodha committee to implement the recommended reforms, sacked BCCI President Anurag Thakur on Saturday said to Supreme Court that a contemptuous portion of his affidavit on October 15, 2016 was dictated by then International Cricket Council (ICC) President Shashank Manohar. The Supreme Court had earlier sacked Thakur for his alleged attemps to stall the Lodha panel recommendations which were approved by the court. Thakur stepped up to clear further air around the court’s decision as he explained the events related to the filing of his affidavit, dated October 15, 2016. Thakur stated that it all started during an ICC meeting in South Africa. SC asks Thakur to tender fresh “unequivocal” and “categorical” apology in contempt case

“During my visit to Cape Town, South Africa, on October 12, 2016 for an ICC meeting, I brought the order of the SC to the notice of ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and showed Manohar the points and basis on which I was going to depose in the affidavit before the SC with a view to ensure that the discussion that had taken place was accurately placed on record before the court,” said Thakur, as reported by India Today.

“Thereafter, Manohar personally dictated a portion of my affidavit. The dictation was taken down by my executive assistant Krishna Pophale in my presence. At the end of this dictation, Manohar had also remarked that it was natural for me to ask him for a clarification as I was not a lawyer and did not understand the nitty gritties of the issue. Accordingly, para 3 and 4 of my affidavit dated October 15, 2016 filed before the Supreme Court are based on the dictation of Manohar,” he added. Anurag Thakur tenders unconditional apology to Supreme Court

Thakur also stated the the portions dictated by Manohar were agred by ICC CEO Dave Richardson, who was kept in the loop as well. “After conclusion of the dictation of Manohar, I forwarded the dictated paragraph to David Richardson from my email account on October 14, 2016 with a request to confirm [correctness of] the contents,” said Thakur

“David Richardson by way of email dated October 14, 2016 confirmed the facts and events which took place as mentioned in my email to him. Based on the contents of the email sent by me, it was told to the SC that I had tried to mislead the court and had committed perjury and contempt,” he added. “At no point of time did the deponent ever seek out any other letter from the chairman of ICC other than the letter clarifying the position which Manohar had taken as BCCI president as has already been stated in the October 15 affidavit,” he continued.

“However, the SC was pleased to initiate suo motu criminal prosecution and contempt proceedings against the deponent without hearing the version of events being repeatedly pleaded by the senior counsel appearing for BCCI [Kapil Sibal]. If the aforesaid action of seeking a clarificatory letter has created an impression that he would seek to undermine the judgment of the Supreme Court or that he has committed perjury or contempt, then the same is absolutely incorrect as this was never the intention of the deponent,” he concluded.