New 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.
Published on October 14, 2015 at 1:05 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR At the moment Connor Harris jumped and intercepted the ball, the receiver hit him low and Harris fell on his shoulder. He played a few more snaps, but soon lost feeling in his right arm. What he thought was a cramp turned out to be a separated shoulder. It required season-ending surgery.It was the third game of Harris’ sophomore season for Lindenwood University, a Division II school in St. Charles, Missouri. The Lions were 2-0 and beating a rival school at halftime. After Harris’ injury, the Lions lost the lead and six of its last seven games.For the first time in Harris’ life, injury forced him to the sideline. It was almost a full year until he could play football again.“I thought, ‘Oh man, can I compete at the level I was at?’” Harris said. “’Can I get my strength back? Is this going to affect my future?’”Two years later, Harris has answers. The redshirt junior linebacker leads Division II in tackles with 107 in six games, 17 more than second place. On Oct. 10, before head coach Patrick Ross sat his starters in a lopsided loss, Harris recorded 23 tackles in three quarters. Yet Harris, on pace for 196 tackles this season, didn’t play linebacker before college, turned down a Division I offer and couldn’t work out his right arm for a full year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was unfortunate to get that injury, but it showed me how to lead,” Harris said. “I learned a lot about myself.”Harris prepared as usual following his injury, watching hours of film on Hudl. He relayed reports to his replacement, freshman Clint Koons. Koons led the team in tackles that year.Harris maintained his strict diet of lean meats, chicken breast and fish. He couldn’t use his right shoulder, so he did leg presses, sled pulls, hamstring raises and left arm workouts. Harris’ friend and former Lindenwood slot receiver Chase Stewart remembered Harris’ workouts as painful cycles of adding another 10 pounds each rep followed by only 30-second breathers.“You leave (the gym) needing to hit an ice bath as soon as possible,” Stewart said. “… (That’s why) he looks like a created player in Madden.”The injury was Harris’ second college adjustment. He played safety and quarterback in high school, which is why he didn’t initially attract Football Bowl Subdivision offers, Ross said. Bigger schools had to project where the 6-foot, 240-pounder could play. (Harris told Kansas it was too late when, the day after he committed to Lindenwood, the Jayhawks offered him a scholarship.)Ross, who compares recruiting to darts, saw Harris’ high school state championship game when he scored touchdowns on a pass, rush and pick-six.“This guy was a bullseye,” he said. “I saw him play live one time and he became a must-have.”Harris arrived on campus in 2012 and converted to linebacker. During an intrasquad scrimmage at the end of camp, Stewart caught a screen and turned to run upfield. Harris introduced himself.“Probably the hardest hit of my collegiate career,” Stewart said.Ross and Stewart said Harris is the best football player they’ve ever been around. Ross has coached 10 NFL players. Stewart grew up playing Texas high school football.“Connor’s not the only great player I’ve played with,” Stewart said, “but the diet, nutrition, training and study sets him apart. (You know) what you see on the field and in the stat column? That’s seven days a week.”As Harris’ transition continued at middle linebacker, he became more vocal, acting like the defense’s quarterback — a position he found himself in on the other side of the ball.In Lindenwood’s last game of 2014, Stewart said, the struggling Lions offense put Harris at quarterback to run zone reads. On 11 carries, Harris rushed for 188 yards and four touchdowns — more rushing scores than any other player had all season.“We’re in Division II and he looks like he’s playing a bunch of high schoolers,” Stewart said.Ross doesn’t like to use Harris on offense, preferring to let him focus on defense, where Harris has been the team-leading tackler since he started as a true freshman.But before his 107 tackles this season, he had to make his first with a healed right shoulder. In his return from injury last season, he tensed as he saw the running back coming. He felt doubt.“I wouldn’t say scared of contact, but I was uneasy,” Harris said. “I was expecting pain, but (at the hit) I didn’t feel anything. I thought, ‘Wow. This feels fine.’“So it slipped my mind and I kept playing.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+