Board of Control for Cricket in India chief Anurag Thakur lied to the Supreme Court under oath, the amicus curiae appointed in the Justice Lodha committee case told the apex court on Thursday. Gopal Subramanian, the adviser to the apex court in the case said Thakur had tried to obstruct reforms to the board, ANI reported.
Subramanian said Thakur had claimed that he had asked for former BCCI president and ICC chief Shashank Manohar’s opinion on whether the reforms suggested by the Lodha committee amounted to interference in his capacity as BCCI president. However, Mahonar has denied Thakur’s claim and said that he was asked about his opinion in the matter at an ICC meet. This came after the court asked the amicus curiae if Thakur had committed perjury in the case. As per ICC rules, a national cricket board must be free of governmental interference.
The court also asked BCCI for suggestions for the post of administrator, and gave the body one week to come up with names. The bench reserved its order for the next hearing.
The Lodha panel has accused the BCCI of violating a Supreme Court order asking the body to implement the reforms recommended by the committee. In an affidavit on November 5, the board had said that its state member associations had voted against the proposal to implement the apex court-directed reforms. The committee was formed in January 2015 to look into the affairs of the BCCI, after the spot-fixing scandal in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League.