SC accepts apology and drops perjury charges against Anurag Thakur

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The Supreme Court has adjourned the matter till September 24.

Thakur, a senior BJP leader and a Member of Parliament from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, was asked by the apex court on July 7 to tender an apology in explicit terms to get relief from the contempt proceedings initiated against him.

Thakur earned the ire of the court for not candidly telling it that they had asked for a letter from the International Cricket Council (ICC) that the appointment of a Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) nominee on the BCCI board amounted to government interference in its affairs. Thakur has been away from Indian cricket for six months now following his removal from the post of BCCI president by the Supreme Court in January.

Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for CoA, said both Srinivasan and Shah gained back-door entry into the SGM and created chaos and disruption to prevent the SGM from adopting the SC-accepted recommendations of the Justice Lodha panel. Kapil Sibal, who represented Srinivasan before the court, claimed that the allegations are nothing but an effect of "Srinivasan phobia" that the CoA faces.

The Supreme Court recently dropped perjury charges against Thakur after he tendered an unconditional apology.

Both Srinivasan and Shah, despite being disqualified as office-bearers on grounds that they are over 70 years of age and having exceeded the tenure cap, had attended BCCI meetings as representatives or nominees of their respective state associations - Tamil Nadu and Saurashtra. SC wondering how he was chosen as a nominee by TNCA without being a member of any cricket association chose to resolve the issue on 24th July. The CoA's latest status report has blamed them for a consensus not being reached among BCCI members on implementing the Lodha Committee's recommendations.

Three other members of the committee of administrators included historian Ramachandra Guha, Vikram Limaye, IDFC Managing Director and former Indian women cricket captain Diana Edulji. Sibal argued that his clients should also be allowed to suggest names; the court granted him the request and made a decision to hear the matter on July 24.

"Such disqualified persons have a vested interest in stalling the implementation of the judgment because if the judgment is implemented, such disqualified persons will have to relinquish control over their respective state associations", it said. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar appearing for Railways and defence services said the Lodha panel recommendations have taken away their right to vote, despite being the founder members of BCCI. The bench said: "If we look into the history, we can not deny the contribution made by railways to cricket".

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