CoA seeks ex­pla­na­tion af­ter #MeToo claims against BCCI CEO

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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.”

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