Anurag Thakur has been ordered to step down from his role as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by the country's supreme court, just eight months into his tenure.
Thakur was elected unopposed to the presidency in May 2016, but his perceived failure to implement the reforms recommended by the Lodha Committee – an independent body established in 2015 to look into the functioning of the BCCI – has led to his swift removal.
Thakur has been brought up on charges of perjury and contempt of court, largely in relation to his blocking the committee's recommended reform process. BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke has also been removed from his position on the same accusations. Both men have until 19th January to reply to supreme court decision.
The charges were initiated by TS Thakur, chief justice of India, who accused the BCCI's president of lying under oath to the supreme court when he denied having appealed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to intervene in the Lodha reforms. Thakur is alleged to have asked ICC president Shashank Manohar to class the recommendations as governmental interference in cricketing matters, something which is outlawed by the ICC.
The Lodha Committee was initially appointed in the wake of the 2014 corruption scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and includes recommendations such as an upper age limit of 70 for senior office bearers at the BCCI, a switch to a one state, one vote policy, and the installation of a comptroller and auditor general (CAG) to sit on the apex council of the BCCI. It was the latter issue which caused the deepest rifts and has led to the charges being brought against Thakur.
The supreme council will appoint a panel of administrators to govern the BCCI on a caretaker basis on 19th January, until full elections can be held for the roles of president and secretary.
In a statement delivered on his social media account, Thakur appeared to accept the decision while remaining defiant, writing that his "commitment to the best of Indian cricket and autonomy of sports will always remain."