Former BCCI President Anurag Thakur, who is facing contempt notice for filing a false affidavit in the Supreme Court, on Monday tendered "unconditional and unqualified apology" before it.
Thakur, who was present in the court, said he had never intended to file any false information before the apex court and filed an affidavit explaining the circumstances under which the statements made by him led to the initiation of contempt proceedings.
Anurag ThakurI (Thakur) have tendered my unconditional and unqualified apology and I have explained the circumstances. I had not intended to file any false information.
Senior advocate P S Patwalia, appearing for Thakur, told the former BCCI president’s statement to the bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra.
The bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, fixed the matter for hearing on 17 April and also exempted Thakur from personal appearance on that day.
The apex court had on 2 January come down heavily on the defiant BCCI brass and removed Thakur and Ajay Shirke as the President and Secretary for "obstructing" and "impeding" its directions for overhauling governance in the cricket body.
The bench had slapped Thakur with contempt and perjury notices for filing a false affidavit over writing to the ICC on the issue of autonomy.
During the hearing on Monday, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for BCCI, said they should be allowed to hold a meeting with the state associations to deliberate upon the issues which would come up in the upcoming ICC meeting.
He said if these issues are not discussed at the meeting, the government and BCCI would lose a huge amount of money, as it pertained to revenue.
However, senior counsel Parag Tripathi, representing the apex court-appointed Committee of Administrators, opposed the plea and said such a meeting can be allowed only when the state associations gave an undertaking in accordance with the court's direction that they would comply with the recommendations of Justice RM Lodha panel.
To this, the bench said, "Let us get the facts clear. We have nothing to do with the ICC. We are also concerned that India, as a country, should get the best deal, it should get the money".
"Supposing there is a loss, a big loss of money, that has to be taken care of. The issue is how it should be taken care of in the best possible manner," the apex court said.
(With inputs from PTI)