Probe panel seeks info, evidence on Johri harassment case

The panel has said any person can write to bcciinquirycommittee@gmail.com with any complaint, information or evidence related to the sexual harassment allegations against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.

The three-member independent committee – formed to look into the matters related to the sexual harassment allegations against the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri — has created a separate email address — bcciinquirycommittee@gmail.com — where any person can come up with any complaint, information or evidence related to the matter.

The committee—comprising Rakesh Sharma (former Judge, Allahabad High Court), Barkha Singh (former Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women) and Veena Gowda (Advocate), External Member IC, BCCI — met here on Thursday to enquire into allegations of sexual harassment. The BCCI submitted the relevant documents in its possession to the committee.

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In a statement on Thursday, the committee has stated that “any person who may have any complaint /information/evidence to address the Committee concerning allegations of sexual harassment may send the same to the Committee at bcciinquirycommittee@gmail.com within 7 days i.e. 9th November, 2018.”

The Committee will ‘call such persons as it considers necessary to appear and depose before it.’ The proceedings and the deliberations of the Committee, including the name and identity of any complainant who shall depose before the Committee, shall be kept strictly confidential, the statement read.

The committee shall reconvene on November 10 and 11 to consider ‘the material (if any) received by it and hear any person willing to depose before them.’

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators, which appointed the committee last Friday, has requested to submit its final report ‘within 15 days of its appointment.’

Former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi last week said that he was approached by another victim of Johri for allegedly seeking sexual favours to be appointed as India women's team's media manager. It will be interesting to see if Hattangadi deposes before the inquiry committee, which is expected to submit its report within 15 days.