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Cricket Board CEO Rahul Johri Asked By CoA To Explain After #MeToo Allegations

Rahul Johri, the CEO of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, has been asked to submit his explanation by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) over the allegations of sexual harassment made against him, according to news agency ANI. The Committee of Administrators has asked Johri, who joined the BCCI in 2016, to submit his explanation within a week.

In the latest case of the #MeToo movement, author Harnidh Kaur has shared screenshots of a detailed account of a victim on her Twitter handle @PedestianPoet. In the post, Rahul Johri is alleged to have sexually harassed a woman on the pretext of a job when he was the head of Sales of a “niche satellite channel”. 

The woman alleges that Johri took her to his place where he said “the final part” of an interview would take place.

“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,” read the screenshot shared on Twitter.

During a discussion on a possible job over coffee at a hotel, Johri is alleged to have suddenly got up and asked her to accompany him to his home. The woman says she knew his wife, having socially met and invited the couple to her home earlier for dinner. When they reached his house, the woman said that Johri took out the key to unlock the door to which she asked why did he not inform her that his wife was not home, only to be told what was there to inform.

In the house, after she asked for water, he came to her with his pants down and assaulted her, according to the allegations made against the BCCI CEO.

“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,” she alleged.

“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,” read the post.

This is the third such instance in cricket after Sri Lankan cricketers Arjuna Ranatunga and Lasith Malinga were named earlier for sexual harassment.

 

(With inputs from IANS)