The Supreme Court came down heavily on former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Anurag Thakur.

The apex court asked him to tender an “unequivocal and unqualified” apology for saying that the court’s order for ushering in obligatory reforms in the country’s apex cricket body amounted to government interference.

The bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud also directed Thakur to make a personal appearance on the next date of hearing.

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The court has fixed next Friday as the next date of hearing.

The court directed Thakur to file an unequivocal and unqualified apology as it said that the apology offered by him earlier was not unqualified.

Thakur is facing perjury charges as the SC believes that the former BCCI president lied about not asking for a letter from the International Cricket Council (ICC) which would convey that the appointment of a CAG official in the Indian cricket board will be tantamount to government interference.

With inputs from agencies.