The Apex Court on Friday accepted apology from former Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) Anurag Thakur’s apology and dropped the contempt charges against him.Also Read - Ravichandran Ashwin Can be a Good Choice to Take Over From Virat Kohli as India's Next Test Captain
Supreme Court said that “the apology seemed to be genuine and appears from the core of his heart.” Also Read - BCCI to Officially Name Rohit Sharma as India's New Test Captain After South Africa Tour: Report
Thakur, a senior BJP leader and a Member of Parliament from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, was asked by the SC on July 7 to tender an apology in explicit terms to get relief from the contempt proceedings initiated against him. Also Read - India Reports 2.58 Lakh New COVID Cases; Delhi, Mumbai See Decline In Infections
“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 on Thursday.
The Supreme Court had directed him to file a “one-page short affidavit” tendering an apology and made it crystal clear that it was not going to consider his earlier affidavit of apology.
The Apex Court had also asked him 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.
“The conduct of the President of BCCI 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 BCCI to evade complying with the Order of this Court,” the apex court had said while issuing a show-cause notice to Thakur.
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 apex court.