BCCI CEO Rahul Johri Awarded Clean Chit In Sexual Harassment Allegations

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| November 21 , 2018 , 20:30 IST

The sexual harassment allegations against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has been awarded a clean chit by the three-member committee on Wednesday but the Committee of Administrators (CoA) in the board is divided over the clean chit with CoA Chairman Vinod Rai saying Johri can resume office.

Earlier, Johri was forced to leave for the past three weeks but can now resume office even though one member of the probe committee recommended "gender sensitivity counselling" for him.

The three-member independent panel, comprising retired Justice Rakesh Sharma, former Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Barkha Singh and lawyer-activist Veena Gowda called the allegations levelled against Johri as "baseless and fabricated" in their report.

According to media reports Justice Sharma stated in his findings, "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 Rahul Johri and throw him out of BCCI."

"No adverse action need to be taken against Johri, CEO, BCCI, on the basis of these mischievous, false, fabricated, unsubstantiated complaints, e-mails, tweets, etc. on social media," he added.

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On receipt of the report on Wednesday, Rai, a former CAG, decided that Johri should be reinstated, a proposal Diana Edulji, the other member of the Committee of Administrators, with which she did not agree.

"Since there is no consensus between the two members of the Committee of Administrators regarding what action should be taken against Rahul Johri, the Chairman (Vinod Rai) stated that the natural consequence would be that Johri continues as the CEO of BCCI and is entitled resume office," stated a release from the CoA on Wednesday.

"(Diana) Edulji disagreed with this. However, the Chairman reiterated that Rahul Johri should continue as the CEO of BCCI and resume his duties, as a natural consequence," it added.

Gowda agreed that she has not found him guilty of sexual harassment. She, however, made some serious recommendations in the matter.

"Each of the allegations before the committee has been dealt with above and as a conclusion I am reiterating some of the consequential observations made therein for recommended action:

  1. A) The Conduct of Rahul Johri at Birmingham as a CEO of an institution such as BCCI is unprofessional and inappropriate which would adversely affect its reputation and the same has to be looked at by the concerned authorities.
  2. B) In view of his conduct at Birmingham as well as keeping in mind the allegations made by Ms X and his conduct before this Committee with respect to the photographs submitted, it is essential that Mr Johri undergo some form of gender sensitivity counselling/ training," she wrote.

The committee was set up on October 25 and was given 15 days to complete the investigation.