The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Saturday, sought an explanation from its under-fire Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri.
BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is the latest to get caught in the #MeToo storm. Johri has been named by a journalist through an anonymous post. The alleged accuser has accused the BCCI official of sexual harassment, inappropriate behaviour and harassment.
Author Harnidh Kaur shared screenshots of the detailed account of the victim on her Twitter handle.
The accuser claims to be a journalist and accused Johri of sexual misbehaviour in regards to an incident that occurred while both of them were working for different media institutions.
And the BCCI has taken a quick stance on the incident, asking Johri to clear the air on the matter. The Indian board has given Johri a week’s time to “submit his explanation” over the allegation.
“There are certain media reports today, including in the social media, pertaining to Mr. Rahul Johri, CEO BCCI. The reports disclose allegations of sexual harassment made against Mr. Johri, by an unnamed person through a twitter handle. The allegations also relates to his previous employment with a large media house. The allegations have appeared as a part of the “me too” movement,” a BCCI press release stated.
“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,” the release added.
Johri is the latest high-profile personality to be accused of sexual harassment.
In 2016, the BCCI had appointed Rahul Johri as its first chief executive officer. Johri had previously served as Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s executive vice-president and general manager for South Asia.
He was given the responsibility of “smooth functioning of operations, stakeholder management and building robust strategies for further promoting the sport.”
Johri was selected as ‘CEO of the Year’ at the Broadcasting Industry Awards, for his contribution to the Indian television industry in 2013. A year before that, he had received the ‘Media Professional of the Year’ award by the World Brand Congress. Last year, he 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.
Johri, meanwhile, is not the first person related to the game to have found himself in this situation. Earlier this week, Sri Lankan cricket stalwarts Arjuna Ranatunga and Lasith Malinga were also accused of sexual harassment.
Former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga had been accused of harassment by an Indian flight attendant at a Mumbai hotel. On the other hand, Indian singer Chinmayi Sripaada accused Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga of assaulting a woman at a Mumbai hotel during an Indian Premier League (IPL) season.