BCCI seeks explanation from Johri over sexual harassment allegations

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India has asked CEO Rahul Johri to give an explanation on sexual harassment allegations levelled against him by a female journalist.

The BCCI, which was earlier accused of ignoring sexual harassment case against a “top executive”, has now taken a note of the media reports that a female journalist has accused the board CEO in a long #MeToo social media post. The allegations made public on Friday night are about Johri’s previous employment with a media house. He has maintained a silence over the serious charges levelled by the girl.

However, the BCCI has given him a week’s time to submit his explanation.

“There are certain media reports today, including in the social media, pertaining to Mr. Rahul Johri, CEO BCCI,” the BCCI has stated in a Press release. “The reports disclose allegations of sexual harassment made against Mr. Johri, by an unnamed person through a twitter handle. The allegations also relate to his previous employment with a large media house. The allegations have appeared as a part of the “me too” movement.

“Though, the said allegations do not pertain to his employment with the BCCI, the Committee of Administrators of the BCCI has deemed it appropriate to seek an explanation from Mr Johri in relation to the allegations. He has been asked to submit his explanation within a week. Future course of action will be considered on receipt of his explanation.”

Johri has served as the BCCI CEO since April 2016 and before that worked with Discovery Networks Asia Pacific as Executive Vice President and General Manager – South Asia.

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