The BCCI-Lodha-Supreme Court saga took another twist after the SC told BCCI chief and BJP MP Anurag Thakur that he is headed for jail. The SC held that Thakur had "prima facie" committed contempt of court and perjury in his effort to evade the court's efforts to clean Indian cricket.
The bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said, “Once we pronounce the order (in perjury proceedings), you will have no other place to go except jail.”
The bench held that Thakur had committed contempt of court by seeking a letter from International Cricket Council chief Shashank Manohar in his attempt to "frustrate" its order to appoint a nominee of the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) to the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI).
The Bench asked senior advocate Kabil Sibal who is representing BCCI, “How can a person who prima facie seems to have committed an offence of contempt of court and perjury continue to head the BCCI? We are prima facie satisfied that he deliberately obstructed implementation of our order, so why should he be allowed to continue?”
“Which court is going to grant relief if the apex court orders his prosecution? You apologise if you want to escape,” the bench further queried.
It appears that BCCI’s game of playing for time is in for an end soon. Thakur and most of the BCCI's top functionaries appear headed for an exit with the SC upping its pressure.