BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, who is facing the allegations of sexual harassment, has been forced to pull out of an upcoming ICC Meeting in Singapore after the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) declined his request for more time to explain the accusations.
On Sunday (October 14), the CoA chief Vinod Rai confirmed that BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary will represent the board at the meeting, slated to be held in Singapore from October-16-19.
"Rahul had sought 14 days for a detailed explanation as he said that he is working with his legal team and since he was to attend ICC Meeting from October 16-19 in Singapore," Rai told PTI.
"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 against Johri have been made by an anonymous person, who claimed to be his colleague during his stint at the Discovery Channel. Author Harnidh Kaur shared screenshots of a detailed report of the victim on her Twitter handle, where she revealed that Johri had taken advantage of a woman, who doesn’t wish to reveal her identity.
Before taking up the role as the BCCI CEO in April 2016, Johri had worked as Executive Vice President and General Manager - South Asia for Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.