Edulji accuses Johri of ‘insubordination’

Johri, on his part, says he has “acted strictly in accordance with” instructions from Rai and with legal advice from Justice (Retd) Srikrishna.

Edulji has told Johri he was not supposed to act on his own on any matter — unless it was approved by both CoA members (Vinod Rai and Edulji) — and not on unilateral instructions of any one of the members.   -  PTI

Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji has accused BCCI CEO Rahul Johri of not adhering to the Supreme Court order of January 30, 2017 and the CoA directions of August 23, 2018, which says “The CEO of BCCI shall report to the CoA and the administrators shall supervise the management of BCCI.”

Unilateral instructions

Edulji has told Johri he was not supposed to act on his own on any matter — unless it was approved by both CoA members (Vinod Rai and Edulji) — and not on unilateral instructions of any one of the members.

Edulji claims Johri has been unprofessional while adding that his actions were tantamount to “insubordination” in matters relating to the appointment of a special committee to select the Indian women’s team coach and the subsequent announcement of W.V. Raman as coach.

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Edulji, not on good terms with Rai, once he sided with Johri in the outcome of the sexual harassment probe, has told Johri that he could not seek legal opinion without CoA's approval on the matter related to the appointment of the committee for the selection of the women’s coach.

Johri, on his part, says he has “acted strictly in accordance with” instructions from Rai and with legal advice from Justice (Retd) Srikrishna.

Johri further says: “Everyone would have preferred to have the CoA speak in one voice, but unfortunately that is not the case, and in the interest of the game and the organisation, the BCCI management is duty-bound to find the most appropriate way forward.

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Legal opinion

“This approach is wholly consistent with the legal opinion provided by Justice (Retd) Srikrishna. In view of the above, we respectfully disagree with you that our conduct in any way amounts to insubordination.”

With so much bad blood between Edulji, Rai and Johri, the BCCI administration is virtually in a shambles with unilateral decisions being the order of the day.