BCCI CEO Rahul Johri goes on leave after #MeToo allegations

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri has has gone on leave after being asked to explain the sexual harassment allegations against his name from an anonymous woman.Following the allegations, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had asked Johri to provide an explanation about the issue but Johri is yet to come out with anything yet. It is believed that Johri has gone on leave to prepare his case and speak to the BCCI heads in the upcoming future.Because of the allegations, he was forced to pull out of an upcoming ICC meeting in Singapore after the COA turned down his request for more time to explain the charges and BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was sent by the Board at the meeting scheduled in Singapore from October 16-19.Rahul Johri had been granted pre-sanctioned personal leave in August to go to US from October 19th to Nov 2nd by COA head Vinod Rai. He was to go on leave after attending the ICC meet in Singapore and is now using the time of absence to prepare his reply to the charges.”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.advertisementIt all started whe a woman, who claimed to be his colleague during his stint at the Discovery Channel, accused him of sexual harassment.The woman posted an account of the alleged harassment on Twitter on Saturday. However, the alleged victim did not wish to be named.Also read – Committee of Administrators deny Rahul Johri more time to respond to sexual harassment allegationsThe 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.Johri, who was appointed the BCCI CEO in April 2016, is the first and only personality associated with Indian cricket to be named in the #MeToo firestorm so far.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 inputs from Rasesh Mandhani)last_img