After rocking the Bollywood and Politics, the #MeToo movement has started to show its after-effects world’s richest cricket body – Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Following the sexual harassment allegations through an anonymous post on Twitter, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has taken an unplanned leave to prepare his explanation. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) in the meanwhile has taken charge of the day-to-day management of the BCCI. Also Read - BCCI Explains Why Rohit Sharma Didn't Travel to Australia And Returned Home After IPL 2020
Since the allegations on Johri surfaced on social media, the BCCI supremo has not yet come out in open to speak about the authenticity of the charges. Earlier, Johri had requested CoA to ‘exempt’ him from attending the ICC’s chief executive committee meeting later this week in Singapore. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020 Squad News: Ishant Sharma Ruled Out of Test Series, Rohit Sharma Still in Contention; T Natarajan Added to ODI Squad
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In the meantime, the CoA will rely on the operations teams to minimise the impact of Johri’s absence on the running of cricket as well as the BCCI.
The CoA asked Johri for an explanation but he preferred to avail leave to prepare his explanation. “It is a purely anonymous complaint. It is on an unknown Twitter handle and it pertains to a period much before he (Johri) joined BCCI. The CoA felt it would only be fair to us and him that we give him a chance to explain,” CoA chief Vinod Rai was quoted as saying by the ESPNCricinfo.
Before joining BCCI as the CEO, Johri had worked in various positions with the various big channels from 2001 to 2016. After being appointed by CoA in 2017 as the supervisory authority of BCCI, Johri has been the panel’s point man, while being in charge of running the board and the main decision-maker.
Author Harnidh Kaur had posted the allegations by an unnamed victim, who claimed to be an ex-colleague of Johri at the Discovery Channel. As per the screenshots shared by the author, Johri has been accused of taking advantage of the victim by offering a job opportunity.
While using the handle @PedestrianPoet, Harnidh took to Twitter and posted the screenshots of the emails with the message: “had emails sent about a BUNCH of head honchos in media. survivor has asked to not put out all the names. Rahul Johari, your #timesup #metoo”
Reacting to the post, the Supreme Court-appointed CoA led by Rai sought an explanation from Johri without specifying any timeline for its course of action. “The reports disclose allegations of sexual harassment made against Johri, by an unnamed person through a twitter handle. The allegations also relate to his previous employment with a large media house,” said the COA statement
“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,” the statement added.