BCCI CEO Rahul Johri not found guilty of sexual harassment

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Rahul Johri is set to continue in his position as chief executive officer of the BCCI with the Committee of Administrators unable to reach a consensus on what action should be taken against him, after the panel investigating allegations of sexual harassment against Johri him did not find him guilty of those charges.

In the report, Justice Rakesh Sharma called the allegations “false, baseless”; Barkha Singh called it “motivated and fabricated” and both recommended Johri continue in his position. Veena Gowda, the third member of the panel, referring to one of the charges against Johri, called his conduct “unprofessional and inappropriate which would adversely affect its [BCCI’s] reputation” and said it was “essential that… [Johri] undergo some form of gender sensitivity.”

The two members of the CoA – Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji – have differed sharply over the interpretation of the panel’s findings.

“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. However, the Chairman reiterated that Mr. Rahul Johri should continue as the CEO of BCCI and resume his duties, as a natural consequence.”

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