#MeToo in cricket: BCCI CEO Rahul Johri accused of sexual harassment
Johri, who has served as the BCCI CEO since April 2016, has been named by a journalist and has been accused of inappropriate behaviour.Updated: Oct 13, 2018 18:09 IST
BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has been caught in the quagmire of allegations as the #MeToo storm rages on. Johri, who has served as the BCCI CEO since April 2016, has been named in a Twitter post by author Harnidh Kaur, who shared screenshots of a detailed account of the victim on her Twitter handle.
As per the screenshots shared by the author, Johri has been accused of taking advantage of the victim by offering a job opportunity.
Harnidh Kaur, who tweets using the handle @PedestrianPoet took to Twitter and posted the screenshots of the emails with the message: “had emails sent about a BUNCH of head honchos in media. survivor has asked to not put out all the names. Rahul Johari, your #timesup #metoo”
In the conversations posted on Twitter, the victim writes,”Rahul Johri: Currently the CEO of BCCI - Ex Discovery Channel. Rahul was an ex-colleague. Through the times of partying at Raj’s house, then building a successful media business, and then wading through other channels - Rahul kept in touch with me. He would ask - how are you, and then- let’s do coffee...It was difficult to say no to him as he was very persistent and I could not tell him that it was very boring for me to meet him.”
In the screenshots the victim further throws light upon an encounter where Johri took her to his place following conversations about a job opportunity. The incident, which the victim has detailed in the conversation left her “shaking throughout after”.
“Till date I have borne the burden of this sordid incident, blaming myself for this - I have wondered if I had showed I was needy, I don’t think so - but it’s all hazy and confused in my head. I have cursed myself for bringing it upon myself. For years, I have told myself - that was so cheap of me - but the truth is - it was so sudden and so manipulated that I had no chance at even knowing what the hell this was,” the victim further wrote.
Johri is the person responsible for the functioning of operations, stakeholder management and building strategies for further promoting the sport in India. Prior to this stint with the BCCI, he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager - South Asia for Discovery Networks Asia Pacific.
Earlier there were reports which had named former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga and current fast bowler Lasith Malinga for alleged harassment.
1996 World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga had been accused of harassment by an Indian flight attendant at a Mumbai hotel. In a detailed Facebook post, the woman said that Ranatunga, currently Sri Lanka’s Minister of Petroleum Resources Development, allegedly grabbed her by the waist. When she went to complain about the incident, she was told, “It is your private matter.”