Rahul Johri
Rahul Johri (IANS Photo)

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has been asked by the Supreme-Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to not attend a two-day International Cricket Council (ICC) meet in Singapore.

The development comes after Johri was accused of sexual harassment on social media by an unnamed person. The two-day meet is slated for October 16-19 in Singapore where the ICC will discuss inclusion of cricket in Olympics and to tighten sanctions on various leagues.

BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, who is already in Singapore, will represent the board at the meeting now.

Johri asked for two weeks to explain to the allegations against him following which CoA head Vinod Rai asked him to withdraw his name.

“Rahul had sought 14 days for a detailed explanation as he said that he is working with his legal team and since he was to attend ICC Meeting from October 16-19 in Singapore,” Rai was quoted as saying by the PTI. “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.”

Author Harnidh Kaur posted the allegations by an unnamed victim, who claimed to be an ex-colleague of Johri at the Discovery Channel. Johri worked in various positions with the channel from 2001 to 2016 before taking over as the BCCI CEO.

Following that, CoA sought an explanation from Johri without specifying any timeline for its course of action.