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Cricket News Sexual harassment allegations dropped against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, CoA differs on probe findings

first_imgNew Delhi: Rahul Johri, the Board of Control for Cricket in India CEO, has been cleared of sexual harassment charges by a three-member probe panel on Wednesday. The committee, which was formed on October 25, was given 15 days to complete the probe by the CoA. Its report would also be submitted to the Supreme Court. The panel comprising of Justice (Retd) Rakesh Sharma, former Delhi Commission of Women chairperson Barkha Singh and lawyer-activist Veena Gowda, rejected the allegations as “mischievous and fabricated” but has suggested counselling for the BCCI CEO. Johri, who was on forced leave for the past three weeks, can now resume office. However, the decision by the probe panel has divided the Committee of Administrators, with former woman cricketer and current member Diana Edulji seeking his resignation as he had tarnished the reputation of the organisation.Read More | Bravo says BCCI ‘offered to pay’ WI during India 2014 tour pull-outChairman Vinod Rai approved of Johri joining back while Edulji has demanded his resignation on the basis of some recommendations, including counselling. According to Rai, Edulji made it clear that her stand has been the same from the beginning. “Edulji said that the fact that Gowda has recommended that Johri should undergo gender sensitization counselling/ training is sufficient for her to arrive at the conclusion that he is not fit to be the CEO of BCCI. Accordingly, she expressed the view that the report of the Committee is actually a split 2:1 verdict,” Rai said.Speaking to PTI after the verdict, Johri said the last six weeks of his life were the “toughest period” of his life and thanked his family for giving him the mental strength to fight the case. “I resumed office today and all my colleagues have been warm and welcoming. It has been a tough one and half months for me and my family. I wish no one has to go through what I have gone through. My wife Seema, the two sons sat through every meeting with my legal team. They were a part of my defence. Had my family and friends not been around, I would have found it mentally difficult to fight this battle. I had faith in god that I will come out clean from this mess,” Johri said. The BCCI CEO also rubbished rumours of him tendering his resignation. Read More | Shastri questions India’s ‘poor travellers’ tag ahead of series In his findings, Justice Sharma, who headed the probe, said the charges were framed with an ulterior motive to harm Johri and throw him out of the BCCI. “The complainants have failed to provide their cases as set up by them. No adverse action need to be taken against Johri on the basis of these mischievous, false, fabricated, unsubstantiated complaints, e-mails, tweets etc on social media,” Sharma said.On the other hand, Singh and Gowda suggested there was no proof of sexual harassment by Johri but recommended counselling. “In view of his conduct at Birmingham as well as keeping in mind the allegations made by Ms. X and his conduct before this Committee with respect to the photographs submitted, it is essential that Mr. Johri undergo some form of gender sensitivity counselling/training,” Gowda stated.Barkha Singh noted, “Such kind of motivated and fabricated allegations will diminish the status of women and the job opportunity for them. Such complaints will also have an adverse effect on the fight for equality for women. Setting such precedents will only make it more difficult for achieving equality and equal opportunity for women.”Timeline of allegationsThe first allegation against Johri was an anonymous e-mail accusing him of sexual misconduct, shared on Twitter by a user who later deleted the post. The accuser claimed to be an ex-colleague of Johri at a previous job. There were subsequently two more allegations, one from a Singapore-based media professional and another woman, who worked with Johri in one of his previous organisations. Both women deposed via Skype, along with BCCI’s former Anti-Corruption Unit chief Neeraj Kumar, Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, IPL petitioner Aditya Verma, and former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi.There were allegations against Johri about inappropriate behaviour with a female employee of the BCCI but the employee in question did not turn up for deposition as was widely speculated.- With PTI inputs- For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Aaron Rodgers, 12 angry Packers call for change in powerful video: ‘Enough is enough’

first_imgAaron Rodgers’ teammates and head coach have his back and then some when it comes to his thoughtful leadership calling for racial equality and social justice.Following Rodgers’ strong message supporting all forms of protest in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ misguided comments Wednesday night, the Packers put out the strongest team response yet from the NFL on Thursday morning. “Racism is taught and learned. It’s not something you’re born with. Let’s do a better job of educating our youth and younger people behind us,” Adams continues.”We need to come up with real solutions to make significant change. The right actions speak a lot louder than the right words,” LaFleur adds.Everyone is passionate and angry and not a second is wasted in demanding change and offering suggestions to the systemic problems, in both law enforcement and society at large. The Packers came together to pack a punch that no NFL team has been able to provide so far with a collective statement. Their strength in numbers should resonate throughout the league. Rodgers was joined by 11 of his Green Bay teammates and Matt LaFleur in a must-watch video posted on the team’s Twitter account. By position, they were running back Aaron Jones, wide receiver Davante Adams, tight end Marcedes Lewis, offensive linemen David Bakhtiari, Billy Turner and Corey Linsley, kicker Mason Crosby, defensive lineman Kenny Clark, linebacker Preston Smith and defensive backs Adrian Amos and Kevin King.🖤 https://t.co/iyAaVwgn52— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 4, 2020MORE: Aaron Rodgers: NFL protests have never been about the flagIn the video, titled “Enough is Enough,” the players start by sharing their embarrassment for the state of race in America and end by echoing each other with “it’s time for change.” “Antiquated laws and legislation need to be amended and repealed, especially those prejudicially biased toward people of color,” Rodgers says in the video.last_img read more