BCCI CEO goes on leave to prepare explanation for anonymous harassment allegation

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) will be in charge of the daily management of the BCCI with the executive director of the board, Rahul Johri, and will leave the license. Johri, who was named last week in an anonymous complaint of sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo movement, the CoA asked for an explanation and ESPNcricinfo understands that he was fired to prepare it.

Johri, who nonetheless reacted publicly: he has not visited his office at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai since the indictment arose. The CoA had also "exempted" him, at his request, from attending the meetings of the main executive committee of the ICC this week in Singapore. The ICC, ESPNcricinfo has known, also had reservations about Johri's attendance at the meeting and it is understood that he transmitted them to the BCCI.

The CoA will rely on the operations teams to minimize the impact of Johri's absence on the operation of cricket as well as the BCCI.

Since the CoA was appointed on January 30, 2017 as the supervising authority of the BCCI, Johri has been the coordinator of the panel, while in charge of directing the council and the main decision-maker. Last week, he and the CoA met with the management team of India, including captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, to discuss the roadmap for next year's World Cup, preparing for the upcoming tour for Australia, injury management and workload, among other important issues. [19659002] Vinod Rai, the president of CoA, told ESPNcricinfo that he did not want the problem to "calm down" and, therefore, gave Johri seven days to respond to the allegations. "It's a purely anonymous complaint," Rai said. "This is an unknown Twitter account and it refers to a period long before [Johri] joined BCCI, and the CoA felt that it would only be fair for us and for him to give us the opportunity to explain it."

Rai, who had also consulted with independent voices, pointed out that it was important to seek Johri's explanation since he was an employee of BCCI, and therefore not only the image of the board would be questioned.

The great challenge for the CoA is that the person who made the complaint against Johri has not been identified or written directly to the CoA. In the absence of any investigative powers, it remains to be seen how the CoA will deal with Johri's response.

In addition to the CoA, the other arbitrators who will judge Johri's submission will be the BCCI legal team and, if necessary, the Complaints Committee, which was formed in April of this year under the Sexual Harassment Law against Women in the Workplace of 2013.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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