#MeToo campaign is now rocking the world’s richest cricket association Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), after its CEO Rahul Johri was sent on leave following allegations of sexual harassment. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) has constituted a three-member committee to enquire into these allegations.
The committee constituted with Justice Rakesh Sharma (former Judge, Allahabad High Court), Barkha Singh (former Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women); and PC Sharma, IPS (Retd.) (former Director, CBI).
The said independent committee was requested to submit its report containing its findings and recommendations within 15 days.COA said that Johri will continue to remain on leave until the above independent committee submits its report and the same is acted upon.
As many as seven state cricket associations, including Gujarat where BJP chief Amit Shah is the president, wrote to the COA to demand the immediate suspension of Johri . Apart from Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Saurashtra and Goa are the ones who have asked COA to take cognisance of #MeToo charges by an unnamed woman.
Johri’s former colleague in the Discovery channel, along with that of the BCCI woman employee allegedly subjected to an improper behaviour from the CEO. Shah-led GCA has raised a question that “why different yardstick was being adopted by the COA for Johri as in the past officials and players (Team India pacer Mohammed Shami) were put under immediate suspension following allegations of adultery by his wife Hasin Jahan only few months before.