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State Associations writes to the CoA, asks why is Rahul Johri is not suspended yet

CoA is yet to take any action against the BCCI CEO.

Rahul Johri
Rahul Johri. (Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The ongoing #metoo movement has exposed a lot of famous men who misused their power to exploit and the cricket fraternity has not remained untouched. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri’s name also popped up in the wake of the movement, as he was accused of sexual harassment anonymously. However, no action against the CEO has been taken yet by the board.

Miffed at the special treatment being meted out to Johri, as many as eight state associations wrote a letter to the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) asking why no action was taken against Johri yet. In their argument, they have said that India pacer Mohammed Shami was suspended soon after being alleged for extramarital affairs along with a host of other things by his wife, so why does Johri have to get away with something similar.

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Before the CoA formed a three-member committee to investigate the Johri case, even Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) wrote an email to CoA asking why Johri was still in office.

“When the allegations had been taken cognizance of by the CoA and a show cause notice had been served upon him, why did the CoA not deem it fit to suspend the official pending the disposal of the matter by the CoA or at the very least withdraw signing powers and the authority to engage with entities for and on behalf of the BCCI? Could the CoA really risk the possibility of someone having committed such a dastardly act as described in the allegations being allowed to continue to work at the office of the BCCI in the interim?” HCA wrote in the email, as per Times Now.

The issue brings to fore Shami’s case

The email further discussed Shami’s case to remind the CoA that the pacer’s contract was terminated and the issue was investigated within a week.

“In the case of Md. Shami, the CoA had suspended his contract and had tasked the BCCI ACU chief, Mr Neeraj Kumar to investigate the issue within a week. To his credit, Mr Kumar completed the investigations within a week, submitted his report and the CoA then closed the issue. In this case, did the CoA ask any person to look into the matter or was it left to the discretion of the person accused to present his version of the facts completely?” HCA added.

Johri, who has served as the BCCI CEO since April 2016, was named by an anonymous former colleague for inappropriate behaviour. As per the screenshots shared by a journalist on Twitter, Johri has been accused of taking advantage by offering a job opportunity.

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