Amitabh Choudhary, the Acting Secretary of the BCCI, requested the Committee of Administrators (CoA) appointed by the Supreme Court to resolve the dispute over the handling of allegations of harassment against the CEO Rahul Johri. The two members of the CoA, President Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, did not agree on the way forward, and Choudhary claimed that the procedure followed was inadequate for several reasons.
On Thursday night, the CoA sent a press release announcing that an independent three-member investigation committee would investigate the allegations against Johri. The statement also detailed the disagreement between Rai, who felt that an independent investigation was necessary, and Edulji, who wanted Johri to resign or terminate his contract.
In an email to the CoA, to which ESPNcricinfo has agreed, Choudhary has accused the CoA of treating the allegations in an "arrogant" manner and questioned the "days of inaction" between Johri who presented his explanation to the CoA (20 October) and the establishment of the independent panel.
Choudhary also accused Rai of overstepping his powers as president and nullifying the opinions of Edulji, the other member of the CoA.
"The Honorable Supreme Court constituted the Committee of Administrators as a four-member body and one of the members of that committee was formed." The president will convene his meetings and preside over them, "Choudhary's e-mail said. The President's position was only that of the first among equals and no additional or superior power has been or has been granted to the President by the Supreme Supreme Court.
"At present, the committee consists of two members and both members are equal in status for all purposes, so that the Learned President has no power or authority to prevail over the views of the other esteemed member and take decisions unilaterally on behalf of the CoA or on behalf of the BCCI. "
Given the divergence of views between Rai and Edulji, Choudhary said the only way forward was for the CoA to refer the matter to the Supreme Court or the BCCI general body.
Choudhary said that there was no explanation in the CoA press release about how the investigation committee was formed and who elected its three members. Since he did not agree with the need for an independent investigation, Choudhary suggested that Edulji "had hardly anything to do with" the creation of the committee. This, Choudhary said, made the investigation committee "even more suspicious." 19659002] Of the three members of the investigation committee, two, Rakesh Sharma, a former judge of the Allahabad High Court, and PC Sharma, a former director of the Central Bureau of Investigation, are over 70 years of age. udhary said, disqualify them to be part of that committee, according to the new constitution of the BCCI.
"It is unlikely that a committee with such diseases since its inception will prevent true justice and be viewed with great suspicion," the e-mail said. "Those who subscribe humbly want a solution found immediately in view of the points mentioned above."