CoA seeks explanation after #MeToo claims against BCCI CEO
Reacting to the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri, the Supreme Courtappointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) yesterday asked him to submit an explanation within a week.
In the latest case of the #MeToo movement in cricket, Johri has been accused of sexual assault by a female author.
“There are certain media reports today, including in the social media, pertaining to Mr. Rahul Johri, CEO BCCI. The reports disclose allegations of sexual harassment made against Mr. Johri, by an unnamed person through a Twitter handle,” a CoA statement said.
Johri has been named in a Twitter post by author Harnidh Kaur, who shared screenshots of a detailed account of the victim on her Twitter handle @PedestrianPoet.
Johri, who was the Executive Vice-President and General Manager (South Asia) for Discovery Network Asia Pacific, before joining as Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO in 2016 was accused of taking advantage of the victim by offering a job opportunity.
“The allegations also relates to his previous employment with a large media house. The allegations have appeared as a part of the “me too” movement,” the CoA statement added.
“Though the said allegations do not pertain to his employment with the BCCI, the Committee of Administrators of the BCCI has deemed it appropriate to seek an explanation from Mr Johri in relation to the allegations. He has been asked to submit his explanation within a week. Future course of action will be considered on receipt of his explanation.”