Rahul Johri not fit to continue as BCCI CEO, says Diana Edulji

first_imgCommittee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji continues to insist that Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri should quit office as she disagreed with the findings and recommendations of an independent inquiry committee that gave him a clean chit in a sexual harassment case.Edulji, the former India captain, had wanted Johri removed from the BCCI top brass even before the inquiry panel’s verdict came out on Wednesday, November 21.The three-member panel, comprising Justice Rakesh Sharma, former Delhi Commissioner of Women chairperson Barkha Singh and lawyer-activist Veena Gowda, ruled in favour of the apex cricket body’s CEO.Notably, Gowda was the sole member of the committee who noted Johri’s “unprofessional conduct” on one particular occasion and advised gender sensitivity counselling. Both Rakesh and Barkha gave him clean chits while calling the allegations “fabricated and mischievous”.Also read – BCCI CEO Rahul Johri given clean chit in sexual harassment caseEven as CoA chief Vinod Rai maintained that “no adverse action is warranted” against Johri, Edulji pointed out that Gowda’s findings about the “unprofessional conduct” would adversely affect the reputation of BCCI.”She alluded to the findings in Ms. Gowda’s recommendations to the effect that as a CEO of an institution such as BCCI, the unprofessional and inappropriate conduct of Mr. Johri would adversely affect the reputation of BCCI.”Even in Wednesday’s note, Edulji asked Johri to quit with immediate effect.”Ms. Edulji said that the fact that Ms. Gowda has recommended that Mr. Johri should undergo gender sensitisation counselling/training is sufficient for her to arrive at the conclusion that he is not fit to be the CEO of BCCI.advertisementThe first allegation of sexual misconduct against Johri surfaced on social media – an anonymous email that was shared by a Twitter user. Subsequently, there were two more allegations, from a Singapore-based media professional and another woman.Both women deposed via Skype, along with BCCI’s former Anti-Corruption Unit chief Neeraj Kumar, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, IPL petitioner Aditya Verma, and former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi.’Been a traumatic few months’Meanwhile, Johri said he had “no comments” to offer on Edulji’s stand after he arrived at the BCCI headquarters on Wednesday with his wife. Nonetheless, the CEO maintained he and his wife were confident that truth would prevail.”It’s been a traumatic few months for our family. I am grateful to God and thanks to all for having faith in me. I am really grateful to the independent inquiry committee. We were always confident that truth would prevail,” Johri told India Today.last_img

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