After making waves in the Bollywood and Politics, Cricket is the recent victim of the ever-growing #MeToo movement. And the latest accused is none other than the top boss of world’s richest cricket board – Rahul Johri. Johri is presently serving as the chief executive officer of Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI). Also Read - BCCI Explains Why Rohit Sharma Didn't Travel to Australia And Returned Home After IPL 2020
Johri has served the esteemed post of the BCCI CEO from April 2016 till date. He has been accused of harassment and inappropriate behaviour by author Harnidh Kaur, who shared detailed screenshots of horrific incident on her official Twitter handle. 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
Kaur spoke about the incident in detail which happened during Johri’s stint at Discovery channel. Prior to his stint with the BCCI, Johri had served as Executive Vice President and General Manager – South Asia for Discovery Networks Asia Pacific. Also Read - Rohit Sharma Was Expected to Board The Flight, But he Chose Not to: BCCI Source
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Harnidh Kaur, who tweets using the handle @PedestrianPoet 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”
In the conversations posted on Twitter, she wrote, ”Rahul Johri: Currently the CEO of BCCI – Ex Discovery Channel. Rahul was an ex-colleague. Through the times of partying at Raj’s house, then building a successful media business, and then wading through other channels – Rahul kept in touch with me. He would ask – how are you, and then- let’s do coffee…It was difficult to say no to him as he was very persistent and I could not tell him that it was very boring for me to meet him.”
“Till date I have borne the burden of this sordid incident, blaming myself for this – I have wondered if I had showed I was needy, I don’t think so – but it’s all hazy and confused in my head. I have cursed myself for bringing it upon myself. For years, I have told myself – that was so cheap of me – but the truth is – it was so sudden and so manipulated that I had no chance at even knowing what the hell this was,” the victim further wrote.
Johri was selected as ‘CEO of the Year’ at the Broadcasting Industry Awards, for his contribution to the Indian television industry in 2013. In 2012, he received the ‘Media Professional of the Year’ award by the World Brand Congress.
Earlier there were reports which had named former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga and pace bowling spearhead Lasith Malinga for alleged harassment. While former Sri Lanka captain Ranatunga was accused by an Indian flight attendant, singer Chinmayi Sripaada claimed Malinga sexually assaulted a woman at a Mumbai hotel.