Hattangadi unhappy with Rahul Johri probe result

Shishir Hattangadi who deposed before the panel which investigated the alleged charges of sexual harassment by the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, said the findings “baseless and have been fabricated and manufactured.

Rahul Johri at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

Shishir Hattangadi who deposed before the panel which investigated the alleged charges of sexual harassment by the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, said the findings “baseless and have been fabricated and manufactured… these are findings that have been recorded by (Rakesh) Sharma and (Barkha) Singh.

"It insults and discourages anyone who wants to come forward with an intent to help a probe. How can findings be diametrically opposite between the committee members ? How can the BCCI lady employee not be asked to verify the accused persons behavioural pattern.

"One swallow doesn't make a summer, but when one sees more than one swallow (in this case two or three), then it is incumbent on the probe committee to do a detailed probe with HR heads of previous employees and bosses to get them to sign a declaration on the truth. So when it is produced in a court, there is a documented paper that talks about history of a person.”

Shirhir further asked: “Are we saying these ladies were lying. As a child we noticed that the one who owned the bat, walked off, if he was declared out saying it's my bat and the match is abandoned. This reminds me of a fixed game where the bat belongs to one person.’’

He added, “Cricket’s popularity is due to the players’ performances over generations and its success, the support of the fan, the media and sponsors who are custodians of this game. We as fans have to ensure that we protect the institution from the tarnished image.

"We can hold back Mohammad Shami’s Central Contract for an allegation, ban (Steve) Smith and (David) Warner for a mistake, but can't conduct a probe that has a uniformity of opinion and findings. What does it say to world cricket about our transparency ?

"Let the cricket fan decide.’’