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Rahul Johri. (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

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The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrator has set up a panel to probe Rahul Johri sexual harassment charges. An anonymous account had blamed BCCI CEO of harassing her. Meanwhile, the CoA members wanted the sacking of Rahul Johri. However, CoA chief Vinod Rai stood in between for Johri.

In fact, Rahul Johri has submitted his response to the notice issued against him. Meanwhile, the panel will take a period of 15 days to submit its report.

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BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.

The panel is given 15 days to submit its report.

The panel which is set up by the COA comprises former Allahabad High Court judge Justice Rakesh Sharma, who has been named the chairman. Furthermore, Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Barkha Singh and former CBI Director P C Sharma are also part of the panel.

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Meanwhile, the accuser had claimed that she was an ex-colleague of Rahul Johri at his previous job. However, the Twitter user who had shared the post has deleted it.

“In order to follow due process of law and principles of natural justice, an independent committee comprising of distinguished persons who are knowledgeable in this field should conduct a fair and transparent inquiry on an arm’s length basis and submit a report containing its findings and recommendation on the way forward,” the COA said in a statement.

Johri has declined the claims in his report that he had submitted to CoA on 20 October. CoA had held a meeting on October 20 and 22 in which Diana Edulji had demanded the removal of Johri.

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Rahul Johri, CoA
Rahul Johri. (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

“Diana Edulji expressed her view that since the CEO has such grave sexual harassment allegations against him, it would not be in the interests of BCCI and Indian cricket that he represents BCCI. In view of this, she suggested that he resigns or his contract is terminated.

“The Chairman of the COA did not agree and felt that an independent inquiry was necessary as the tweet was anonymous,” the COA statement said.

Meanwhile, Rahul Johri will continue to remain on leave until a final decision is taken on him by the CoA.

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