New Delhi, Dec 16: The chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Anurag Thakur is facing charges of perjury.
A very strong observation was made against Thakur in which it was said that he will have no other place to go except jail.
The Bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur, Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud took strong exception to conduct in which he sought a letter from the International Cricket Council in order to frustrate the court's order.
The court held him prima facie guilty of contempt and perjury.
If the court pronounces him guilty of perjury charges, then Thakur would be staring at seven years in jail.
Section 191 of the Indian Penal Code which deals with perjury states, "whoever intentionally gives false evidence in any stage of a judicial proceeding, or fabricates false evidence for the purpose of being used in any stage of a judicial proceeding, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.
The Supreme Court also observed that Thakur was in contempt of court.
Under Section 12 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 a person held guilty could be punished with simple imprisonment for a term that extends up to six months and also a fine of Rs 2,000.
Thakur was accused of seeking a letter from the ICC chief Shashank Manohar to get his support in order to frustrate the court's order to appoint a nominee of the Comptroller and Auditor General in the board so that a watch on the financial transactions could be kept.
The court took a very serious view of the matter and asked how can a person who has prima facie committed an offence of contempt of court and perjury continue to be BCCI chief.
We are satisfied that he has prima facie obstructed the implementation of the court's order.
Why should he be allowed to continue, the court asked while also stating that once the order is pronounced he will have no place to go except jail.