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Rahul Johri (Credits: Getty)

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri has been asked to leave over mail. He had tendered his resignation in February but was asked to continue. At that time, reports suggested Rahul Johri had made up his mind to step down after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) exited the scene in October last year, paving the way for the Sourav Ganguly-led team to take charge.

However, latest reports suggest that the recent leak over the tender with regards to team sponsorship is one of the major reasons for the current office bearers asking him to leave. A BCCI official has said that the leak of confidential financial information was like the nail in the coffin as the current dispensation believes in utmost transparency in its functioning.

“He has been informed of the decision by email. He had resigned earlier and was asked to continue in the interim. However the leak of confidential financial information of a bid that was being prepared accelerated the decision. Highest levels of confidentiality are expected when any bid takes place in an organisation,” the official told IANS.

Rahul Johri
Rahul Johri (Credits: AFP)

“This was considered to be scandalous and had the potential to compromise the bid. Financial matters if you cannot keep confidential, then it is a serious lapse that cannot be excused, especially with the new BCCI,” he added.

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Another BCCI functionary went as far as saying that Rahul Johri might have been a little over confident ever since he escaped with gender sensitisation after allegations of sexual harassment against him. The former BCCI CEO was accused in the MeToo movement but was later cleared of all the charges. However, he was asked to undergo gender sensitization counselling.

“Maybe he was a little overconfident. He was able to survive despite his earlier conduct and there was an enquiry into allegations of sexual harassment against him. The reports of which were not even made available to the complainants which was found to be very surprising. Yet, he was asked to undergo gender sensitisation,” said the functionary.

“We felt that to have a CEO who has undergone this punishment was not appropriate for a role which requires you to give a fillip to women’s cricket. And as CEO he had to meet market leaders. He is certainly not the man who is capable of leading India towards resumption of cricket. The female cricketers and women working in BCCI must be feeling relieved,” he added.

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