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Former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur tenders unconditional apology in SC

Thakur said that it was never his intention to undermine the majesty of the apex court

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Anurag Thakur
Anurag Thakur

Former president today tendered a fresh "unconditional" and "unequivocal" apology in the Supreme Court, saying it was never his intention to undermine the majesty of the

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


"I humbly submit that it was never the intention of the deponent to undermine the majesty of this court and since unintentionally some kind of misinformation and miscommunication has occurred, I unhesitatingly tender my unconditional and unequivocal apology to this court," he said in his affidavit filed today.

The had directed him to file a "one-page short affidavit" tendering an apology while making it clear that it was not going to consider his earlier affidavit of apology.

The had also asked Thakur to be present on July 14 to tender the apology, indicating that it was willing to accept the apology and close the contempt proceedings against Thakur.

Senior advocate P S Patwalia, appearing for Thakur had said that though his client was willing to tender an unconditional apology, he had a very good case on merit through which it can be proved that he did no wrong.

Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, who is assisting the court as amicus curiae (friend of court) in the matter, had said if the court was magnanimous in granting pardon to Thakur, then he has nothing to say, but the apology should be unqualified and explicit in terms.

The had initiated contempt proceedings against Thakur on January 2 this year for filing a false affidavit regarding writing to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the issue of BCCI's autonomy.

It had slapped Thakur with contempt and perjury notices for filing a false affidavit over writing to the ICC on the issue.

"The conduct of the President of in seeking a letter from the President of ICC in August 2016, after the final judgement and Order of this Court, is nothing but an attempt on the part of the head of to evade complying with the Order of this Court," the had said while issuing a show-cause notice to Thakur.

Coming down heavily on the defiant brass, the had on January 2 removed Thakur and Ajay Shirke as the President and the Secretary for "obstructing" and "impeding" its directions for overhauling governance in the cricket body. It had also appointed a committee of administrators to oversee BCCI's functions.

Thakur had on March 6 tendered an "unconditional and unqualified apology" before the apex court, saying he had never intended to file any false information before the

On January 30, the had appointed a four-member committee of administrators headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India Vinod Rai to run BCCI's affairs and implement court-approved recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body.

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. Guha had recently informed the that he has tendered his resignation due to personal reasons to Rai.

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