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#MeToo: BCCI CEO Rahul Johri not to represent the cricket body at the upcoming ICC's meeting, says COA

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 15 October 2018, 11:13 IST

Rahul Johri, BCCI CEO will not represent the cricket body at the upcoming International Cricket Council's meeting, reported ANI. Earlier, under MeToo movement, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was accused of sexual harassment.

Committee of Administrators (COA) turned down his request for more time to explain the charges. BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will represent the Board at the meeting scheduled in Singapore from October 16-19, COA chief Vinod Rai said. "Rahul had sought 14 days for a detailed explanation as he said that he is working with his legal team and since he won't be able to attend ICC Meeting from October 16-19 in Singapore," Rai said.

"But I clearly told Rahul that I cannot let this issue simmer for 14 days as the BCCI office will be affected by it. Since he wants to sit with his lawyers now, I allowed him exemption from ICC Meeting," he added.

The allegations on the BCCI chief were made on the basis of the tweet made by the victim who was offered a job opportunity.

The girl shared the screenshots, detailing the account of her ordeal with screenshots on her Twitter handle. According to the screenshots shared by the author, Johri is accused of taking advantage of his power and position.

The tweet of the victim read: “Rahul Johri: Currently the CEO of BCCI - Ex Discovery Channel. Rahul was an ex-colleague. Through the times of partying at Raj’s house, then building a successful media business, and then wading through other channels - Rahul kept in touch with me. He would ask - how are you, and then- let’s do coffee...It was difficult to say no to him as he was very persistent and I could not tell him that it was very boring for me to meet him.”

“Till date I have borne the burden of this sordid incident, blaming myself for this - I have wondered if I had showed I was needy, I don’t think so - but it’s all hazy and confused in my head. I have cursed myself for bringing it upon myself. For years, I have told myself - that was so cheap of me - but the truth is - it was so sudden and so manipulated that I had no chance at even knowing what the hell this was,” the victim further wrote.

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First published: 15 October 2018, 10:46 IST