Rahul Johri will continue to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India after being cleared of sexual harassment accusations, ESPNCricinfo has reported.
Two of the three-member panel rejected the allegations, while one supported his termination from the post.
Justice (retd) Rakesh Sharma of Allahabad High Court, and Barkha Singh, a former head of the Delhi Commission for Women, were the two members who ruled in Johri’s favour.
Sharma stated that allegations against the BCCI CEO were “false and baseless” while Singh termed them as “motivated and fabricated”.
Veena Gowda, a human rights lawyers and the third member of the panel, said that Johri’s actions were “unprofessional and inappropriate and would adversely affect its [BCCI’s] reputation”. She added that it was “essential that…[Johri] undergo some form of gender sensitivity counselling/training.”
Two member’s of Indian Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji expressed their difference on the interpretation of the panel’s findings.
Rai referred to the opinion of Sharma and Singh that Johri may be permitted to function as the CEO as before. He also stated that he inferred from Gowda’s opinion that Johri needs counselling, but there is no recommendation to take any other action against him.”
Edulji’s did not agree with the conclusions of Sharma and Singh. She felt, “the fact that Ms. Gowda has recommended that Mr. Johri should undergo gender sensitization counselling/ training is sufficient for her to arrive at the conclusion that he is not fit to be the CEO of BCCI”.
CoA stated: “Since there is no consensus between the two members of the Committee of Administrators regarding what action should be taken against Mr. Rahul Johri, the Chairman [Vinod Rai] stated that the natural consequence would be that Mr. Johri continues as the CEO of BCCI and is entitled resume office,” a CoA release said. “Ms. Edulji disagreed with this.
Johri’s name was mentioned in an anonymous #MeToo post on social media. Indian Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators had ordered Johri to submit his reply over the allegations.
He was asked to skip the ICC annual meeting in Singapore in response to sexual harassment charges against him. Acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhry had represented the cricket board instead.
Johri has been the CEO of BCCI since June 2016, and served as a senior designation at the Discovery Network.