BCCI CEO Rahul Johri Faces Another Sexual Harassment Allegation
BCCI CEO Rahul Johri Faces Another Sexual Harassment Allegation

Rahul Johri, who had been accused of sexual harassment before taking over as the BCCI CEO, has now been named by an unnamed victim in a letter to CoA member Diana Edulji for asking for sexual favours earlier this year.

As per a report by CNN-News18, the victim, who has chosen to remain anonymous, is learnt to have sent a complaint to Edulji. She had earlier approached former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi, who is a friend of hers, with details of the incident. Hattangadi has stated that he is ready to testify before the committee formed to consider the allegations against Johri.

“This is a part of Me Yoo movement, Hattangadi told CNN-News18. There have been murmurs against the behaviour of Rahul Johri, I personally haven’t met or interacted with him. I was asked for advice by a lady who is a friend of mine, I advised her to speak to the members of CoA and write a letter to them. I respect the person who confided in me and will not reveal her name but I feel she has a very good reason to file a complaint.

“The letter describes what happened in the situation. It’s a detailed description about the pressure she faced, now it’s up to the committee to decide the course of action. He’s (Johri) using his position and I feel it’s time for the CoA to take the tough decision.”

Earlier, chairman of the CoA Vinod Rai had prevented the immediate sacking of Johri as demanded by Edulji. Rai said that Johri has given his explanation to the notice issued against him after an anonymous Twitter user accused him of sexual harassment at his previous organisation.

The CoA had formed a committee consisting of former Allahabad High Court judge Justice Rakesh Sharma, who is the chairman, Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Barkha Singh and former CBI Director PC Sharma. The committee has been given 15 days to submit a report during which examinations of all the allegations will be done.