Committee of Administrators deny Rahul Johri more time to respond to sexual harassment allegations

first_imgFacing allegations of sexual harassment, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri on Sunday was forced to pull out of an upcoming ICC meeting in Singapore after the Committee of Administrators (COA) turned down his request for more time to explain the charges.BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will represent the Board at the meeting scheduled in Singapore from October 16-19, COA chief Vinod Rai said.”Rahul had sought 14 days for a detailed explanation as he said that he is working with his legal team and since he won’t be able to attend ICC Meeting from October 16-19 in Singapore,” Rai said.Also read – MeToo movement in cricket: BCCI CEO Rahul Johri accused of sexual harassment”But I clearly told Rahul that I cannot let this issue simmer for 14 days as the BCCI office will be affected by it. Since he wants to sit with his lawyers now, I allowed him exemption from ICC Meeting,” he added.Chaudhary is already there in Singapore. In fact, the convention has been for BCCI secretaries to attend ICC Meetings before the CEO post came into existence.The BCCI gave Johri a week’s time to respond to the allegations levelled against him by a woman, who claimed to be his colleague during his stint at the Discovery Channel.Also read – After Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga accused of sexual assaultThe woman posted an account of the alleged harassment on Twitter on Saturday. However, the alleged victim did not wish to be named.advertisementThe woman who uploaded the posts online on behalf of the alleged victim has also requested for privacy and tweeted that her posts should not be linked or embedded by any media house.Also read – Indian flight attendant claims Arjuna Ranatunga sexually harassed herJohri, who was appointed the BCCI CEO in April 2016, is the first personality associated with Indian cricket to be named in the #MeToo firestorm.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.During his leadership, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific was awarded ‘Best Media and Entertainment Company’ in 2012 by the Indo-American Chambers of Commerce.In 2017, Johri was listed among the top 10 Sports Business Executives of the Year by Sport Business, for his contribution to the 550 per cent jump in the IPL media rights sale.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more