Lodha panel reforms: Anurag Thakur blames Shashank Manohar in Supreme Court

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New Delhi, Oct 17: The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) president, Anurag Thakur today (October 17) told the Supreme Court that he did not ask the International Cricket Couincil's (ICC) CEO, David Richardson to write a letter that the Justice RM Lodha Committee's reforms amount to government interference. (SC reserves orders)

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On the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had told Thakur to file a personal affidavit regarding the conversation he had with the ICC about government interference.

Anurag Thakur

He was also asked to explain the stand on the appointment of a CAG member in the Apex Council. (BCCI defies SC)

Thakur stated in the affidavit that he had met ICC chairman Shashank Manohar on August 6 and 7 in Dubai at a meeting. I told Manohar to reiterate his stand that the Lodha panel reforms amount to interference, he also said in the affidavit.

Further he stated that Manohar had pointed out to him that when he had taken a stance on the Lodha panel reforms, the matter was pending in the court.

"I had pointed out to Manohar that when he was the BCCI president, he had taken a view that the recommendations of the panel in appointing a nominee of the CAG on the Apex Council would amount to governmental interference and this might provoke action by the ICC in the form of suspension.

"I had requested him that being the chairman of the ICC a letter be issued clarifying the position he had taken as president of the BCCI. However, Manohar explained to me that when the stand was taken by him the matter was pending before the court."

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