A three-member fact-finding committee of the BCCI has exonerated its CEO Rahul Johri of MeToo allegations, paving way for his resumption of duty the chief of the Indian cricket board. The committee led by Justice (Retd) Rakesh Sharma termed the allegations as ‘mischievous and fabricated.’
Johri has been advised for ‘gender sensitivity counselling’ in the recommendations made by the probe team. Justice (Retd) Rakesh Sharma said in his finding, “The allegations of sexual harassment in the office or elsewhere are false, baseless and have been fabricated and manufactured with an ulterior motive to harm Mr. Rahul Johri.”
Immediately after submitting their findings, the probe team members that also included Barkha Singh (former head of the Delhi Commission for Women) and Veena Gowda (human rights activist and lawyer), sat down in a meeting with the two-person CoA headed by Vinod Rai (former Comptroller & Auditor General of India) and former India women’s captain Diana Edulji.
While Rai wanted Johri to resume his deuties, Edulji reportedly wanted his resignation.
Last month, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators of the BCCI had asked the cricket board’s CEO Rahul Johri to submit his explanation within a week over the sexual harassment allegations made against him.
This was after an anonymous woman had accused him of sexual misconduct explaining how Johri had allegedly sexually harassed her when the two worked with a channel.
The anonymous woman 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.”
Once inside the house, Johri allegedly assaulted her sexually.
The woman said that Johri had invited him at a five-star hotel in Delhi and she agreed to meet him because she was looking for a job and the former had joined a new channel. After some time, Johri asked her to go to her place in Gurgaon. She said she agreed to accompany him because she had known his wife Seema. However, after reaching his house, she realised that Johri’s wife was not there.”