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#MeToo Movement: Divided COA sets up committee to probe charge against Rahul Johri

Via: PTI |

Revealed: October 25, 2018 11:41:39 pm

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The Committee of Directors Thursday shaped a three-member panel to probe the allegation of sexual harassment in opposition to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri however chairman Vinod Rai stood in the way in which of his sacking which was once demanded through his fellow COA member amongst others.

The Rai-led COA, which has former girls’s captain Diana Edulji as the one different member, stated that Johri has submitted his reaction to the show-cause realize issued in opposition to him after an nameless account of the alleged incident got here up on social media.

The panel arrange through the COA contains former Allahabad Prime Courtroom pass judgement on Justice Rakesh Sharma, who has been named chairman, Delhi Fee for Ladies chairperson Barkha Singh and previous CBI Director P C Sharma.

It’s been given 15 days to put up a document and also will read about “all allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to Johri whilst he was once hired with the BCCI”.

Edulji and 7 BCCI state gadgets sought after Johri to be sacked however Rai stated a probe is important ahead of a choice is taken on that.

The publish through the accuser, who claimed to be Johri’s ex-colleague at a prior activity, has been deleted through the twitter maintain that at first shared it.

“…with a view to apply due technique of legislation and ideas of herbal justice, an impartial committee comprising of prominent individuals who’re an expert on this box will have to habits an even and clear inquiry on an arm’s duration foundation and put up a document containing its findings and advice at the approach ahead,” the COA stated in a observation.

The COA stated that Johri submitted his clarification on October 20 denying that the alleged incident ever happened. The COA met on October 20 and 22 to believe the topic the place Edulji demanded Johri’s removing.

“…Diana Edulji, expressed her view that because the CEO has such grave sexual harassment allegations in opposition to him, it could now not be within the pursuits of BCCI and Indian cricket that he represents BCCI. In view of this she advised that he resigns or his contract be terminated.

“The Chairman of the COA didn’t agree and felt that an impartial inquiry was once important because the tweet was once nameless,” the COA observation stated.

Rai additionally felt that because the price on social media associated with his earlier activity, with the Discovery channel, it was once simplest honest probe is carried out.

“The Chairman was once very transparent that during identical cases, the individual in opposition to whom allegations have been made, have been accepted to constitute their case ahead of an impartial committee which might then take a thought to be view after weighing all proof,” the observation learn.

Edulji differed with Rai and felt that “taking into consideration the main points and nature of the allegation, there have been enough grounds for Johri’s removing”.

“Ms Edulji knowledgeable the Chairman she would way Realized Amicus Curiae Shri Gopal Subramanium for additional steering if no motion is taken and the CEO is authorized to proceed,” the COA observation added.


Johri will proceed to stay on go away till the impartial committee submits its document and a call is taken on its findings.

Previous, the state gadgets of Saurashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Goa wrote to the COA, hard Johri’s removing.

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