Rahul Johri sexual misconduct investigation in spotlight, Aditya Verma to depose

first_imgMonday would be a day of high activity in the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri sexual harassment investigations.Aditya Verma, the man who’s litigations ultimately resulted in Supreme Court order on Lodha reforms will be deposing first thing in the morning before the three member probe committee.”I have been called by the committee and I will share all that I have. The MJ Akbar precedent is before everyone. One should come up with a clean chit before continuing operations in BCCI,” Verma said.BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary who had written to the probe committee on Friday to be allowed to testify, has also been scheduled to depose on Monday. But its learnt his deposition could be postponed due to Chaudhary’s unavailability on the day.READ – BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry ready to assist probe panel for Rahul Johri caseBoth are expected to testify in the particular sexual misconduct charge against Johri by a board employee while he was in office. The BCCI press statement made it clear the committee was free to probe all charges against Johri.”The independent committee may take into account and/or probe all allegations of sexual harassment against Mr. Johri while he was employed with the BCCI. All facts and aforesaid alleged transgressions, may be placed before the committee,” read the BCCI statement.READ – Ganguly blasts CoA over its handling of sexual harassment allegation against JohriFormer BCCI anti corruption cell head Neeraj Kumar who was working with the board during the alleged incident has already deposed before the committee as per sources.advertisementThree other sexual misconduct allegations against Johri have also come to light; one brought to notice by ex Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangdi whose counsel was sought by the alleged victim and two others through social media posts wanting to stay anonymous.READ – Shishir Hattangdi offers to testify against BCCI CEO Rahul JohriThe allegations through social media are known to be ones before Johri’s BCCI term while the other charge pertains to an incident during his current term as per sources.Verma who would be deposing on Monday had earlier expressed concerns about the probe committee asking for locus standi of those willing to depose saying it could scare away complainants.The probe committee comprising Justice Rakesh Sharma, former Judge of Allahabad High Court, Barkha Singh, former Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women and women’s rights lawyer Veena Gowda and is expected to finish it’s probe by November 15.The committee was set up by BCCI COA head Vinod Rai who was of the opinion that Johri deserved a right to represent his case as per principles of natural justice. The other COA member Diana Edulji disagreed and wanted the CEO out based on the gravity of allegations.last_img

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