The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought an explanation from its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri, who has been accused of sexual harassment.
BCCI has given Johri a week’s time to “submit his explanation” over the allegation to the Indian cricket board.
“There are certain media reports today, including in the social media, pertaining to Mr. Rahul Johri, CEO BCCI. The reports disclose allegations of sexual harassment made against Mr. Johri, by an unnamed person through a twitter handle. The allegations also relates to his previous employment with a large media house. The allegations have appeared as a part of the “me too” movement,” a BCCI press release stated.
“Though, the said allegations do not pertain to his employment with the BCCI, the Committee of Administrators of the BCCI has deemed it appropriate to seek an explanation from Mr Johri in relation to the allegations. He has been asked to submit his explanation within a week. Future course of action will be considered on receipt of his explanation,” the release added.
Johri is the latest high-profile personality to be accused of sexual harassment.
Johri, who has served as the BCCI CEO since April 2016, has been accused of inappropriate behaviour by a woman during his stint at Discovery channel.
The woman posted an account of the alleged harassment on Twitter. However, the alleged victim did not wish to be named. The woman who uploaded the posts online on behalf of the alleged victim has also requested for privacy and tweeted that her posts should not be linked or embedded by any media house.
Johri becomes the first personality associated with Indian cricket to be named in the #MeToo firestorm.
Johri was selected as ‘CEO of the Year’ at the Broadcasting Industry Awards, for his contribution to the Indian television industry in 2013. In 2012, he received the ‘Media Professional of the Year’ award by the World Brand Congress.
During his leadership, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific was awarded ‘Best Media and Entertainment Company’ in 2012 by the Indo-American Chambers of Commerce.
In 2017, Johri was listed among the top 10 Sports Business Executives of the Year by Sport Business, for his contribution to the 550 per cent jump in the IPL media rights sale.
TWO SRI LANKAN GREATS IN #MeToo FIRESTORM
Earlier, Sri Lankan greats Arjuna Ranatunga and Lasith Malinga were accused of sexual harassment.
While former Sri Lanka captain Ranatunga was accused by an Indian flight attendant, singer Chinmayi Sripaada claimed Malinga sexually assaulted a woman at a Mumbai hotel.
Sripaada shared a post on Twitter where she narrated the alleged incident.
Malinga is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest bowlers in limited-overs formats. In 2017 ODIs he has taken 306 wickets and 90 wickets in 68 T20 Internationals.
Malinga also played 30 Tests and took 101 wickets.
The alleged incident, according to Sripaada, took place during an IPL season.
Malinga, who has played all 10 seasons of the IPL for Mumbai Indians, has 154 wickets from 110 matches in the league. He is the highest wicket-taker in the history of the IPL.
On Wednesday, Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Ranatunga was accused of sexual harassment by an Indian flight attendant.
During one of his visits to India, Ranatunga (currently Sri Lanka’s Minister of Petroleum Resources Development), allegedly grabbed the woman by her waist and slid his hands along the side of her breasts. The woman later ran to the hotel reception and complained about Ranatunga’s actions but the staff told her, “It is your private matter.”
“My star struck colleague spotted Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers in the elevator of Hotel Juhu Centaur, Mumbai and decided to meet them in their room for autographs. I decided to chaperone her, fearing for her safety, we were offered drinks (perhaps laced) I declined and stuck to my bottle of water I’d brought along . They were 7 and we 2, they latched the room door putting the chain secure. My discomfort growing inside of me, I urged her to get back to our room.
“She was smitten and wanted to go for a stroll by the poolside, this was at 1900 hrs, the walk to the pool a desolate, unlit pathway at the back of the hotel, I look back to find Vandana and the Indian cricketer nowhere in sight.
“Ranatunga grabs me by waist, sliding his hands along the side of my breasts, I scream fearing the worst, kicking on his legs and feet. Threatening him of dire consequences, passport cancellation, reporting it to the cops etc., for he is a Sri Lankan misbehaving with an Indian. Wasting no time, I dashed for the hotel reception a good run on an incline screaming on top of my voice. The reception said, “it is your private matter” and that they can’t help me,” the woman wrote in her facebook post.