The Supreme Court today slammed the BCCI President Anurag Thakur on his conflicting affidavits before the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of India T.S Thakur snubbed the counsel Kapil Sibbal and warned that once the court passes order Anurag Thakur will have to go to jail if he doesn't apologise.
The court has granted one week time to Thakur to file his affidavit and at the same time has asked the BCCI to suggest names.
Perjury, which means lying to a court of law on a sworn affidavit, is a criminal offence punishable with imprisonment of up to seven years.
Anurag Thakur in an affidavit had told the Supreme Court that he did not request the International Cricket Council to write to the Supreme Court about its order for appointment of a member of the CAG. However clarifying to the court Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam said Anurag Thakur did ask to Shashank Manohar to write to the Supreme Court.
Here are the top five quotes from the apex court:
Addressing Kapil Sibbal counsel for BCCI SC said, "Once we pronounce order you will have no place to go but jail.. What is your intent? Once an order from Supreme Court is passed you went to ICC to ask them to write that the reforms suggested amounts to judicial interference.Why are you trying to mislead the court. If you want to escape perjury charges you ought to apologise. At every stage you have been trying to obstruct the process of reform.
Everyone wants to go around and continue to hold the post even after 70 since it's a lucrative job. Freedom of expression allows you to disagree with the order not obstruct its implementation. The CJI asked Sibbal, "Can a person who has charges of perjury against him continue to hold post at BCCI. Can a person who has obstructed the implementation of order continue to hold the post."
Supreme Court asked the Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam point blank, "is there a case of perjury, can there be prosecution for perjury," to which Subramaniam replied, "Thakur tried to obstruct the process of reforms and implementation of judicial orders. This is a prima facie case of contempt and perjury."
Kapil Sibbal clearly on the defensive told the bench, "I can file documents to prove that I did not lie. No one dare commit perjury and must apologise if he does so."
The hearing ended with one week time given to BCCI to file affidavit on the perjury charges and to further suggest names if an interim board be set up.