Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Anurag Thakur said that the ‘contemptuous’ portion of his October 15, 2016, affidavit was dictated by International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief Shashank Manohar.
On Friday, July 7th, the Supreme Court agreed to drop dislike proceedings in opposition to Anurag Thakur and requested to tender him ‘unconditional and unambiguous’ apology for allegedly misleading the courtroom by making false statements and obstructing implementation of Justice Lodha committee report on modification in cricket administration.
Former BCCI Chief Thakur said about his affidavit filed through advocate Abhinav Mukherji, “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.”
Thakur added, “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 (Thakur) to ask him (Manohar) 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.”
Anurag said that ICC CEO David Richardson was in the circle and agreed with the portion dictated by Manohar. “After the 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.”
He added, “David Richardson by way of an email dated October 14, 2016, confirmed the facts and events which took place as mentioned in my email to him. Anurag said further said about attached copy of the email with recent affidavit before the SC.
“Based on the contents of the email sent by me, it was told to the SC that I (Thakur) has tried to mislead the court and had committed perjury and contempt.”
At no point in time did the deponent (Thakur) 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.”
Former BCCI chief added, “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 war never the intention of the deponent.”