Named in #MeToo post, BCCI chief executive Johri stays away from office

Rahul Johri has not given any public reaction yet in response to the allegation.

The allegation pertains to a time when Rahul Johri was not a BCCI employee.   -  Vivek Bendre

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief executive Rahul Johri has not attended office since being asked to explain his side of the story following an allegation of sexual harassment against him.

The allegation surfaced on Twitter on October 12 and pertains to a time when Johri was not a BCCI employee. Johri took charge as BCCI CEO in 2016.

A day after his name cropped up in the #MeToo social media campaign, which has brought to fore allegations of sexual abuse, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) that oversees the functioning of the board sought an explanation from him.

The CoA will look after the daily management of the Board, and rely on the operations teams to do it, according to people privy to the decision.

The CoA had given Johri a week to submit his explanation.

Johri has not given any public reaction yet in response to the allegation. Despite repeated attempts, he could not be reached for comment.

The CoA has exempted him from attending the ICC’s chief executive committee meeting, which begins in Singapore from Wednesday.

Since its appointment on January 30, 2017, the CoA has relied on Johri for the board's daily functioning. A part of the board's decision-making process, he was in Hyderabad last week when the CoA met the Indian team management, including captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri.

The CoA has no investigative powers. The person who has levelled the allegations against Johri hasn’t identified herself, nor has she complained to the CoA.