Diana Edulji: Rahul Johri not fit to be BCCI CEO

Former India captain Diana Edulji had been against the very formation of the probe committee, insisting that the allegations should have been enough ground to sack Rahul Johri.

Diana Edulji did not agree with the recommendations of two of the three members of the probe panel who cleared Rahul Johri of any wrongdoing and ruled that the allegations were 'fabricated'.   -  PTI

Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji wanted Rahul Johri, the chief executive officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, sacked even before a committee was formed to look into allegations of sexual harassment against him, and her view has not changed even after the panel exonerated him on Wednesday.

Vinod Rai, the head of the CoA and Edulji were divided on the matter after the inquiry panel, comprising justice (retired) Rakesh Sharma; Barkha Singh, a former chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, and lawyer-activist Veena Gowda, ruled in favour of Johri.

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Gowda was the sole member who took note of Johri’s “unprofessional” conduct on one occasion and advised gender sensitivity counselling for him.

Edulji did not agree with the recommendations of the other two members of the probe panel, Sharma and Singh. Both cleared Johri of any wrongdoing and ruled that the allegations were “fabricated.”

“After going through the final recommendations of each of the three members of the committee, Ms Eduji said that she does not agree with the conclusions of Justice Rakesh Sharma (retired) and Smt. Barkha Singh,” said an opinion note quoting Edulji.

The former India captain had been against the very formation of the probe committee, insisting that the allegations should have been enough ground to sack Johri. Her views were in contrast to Rai, who felt an investigation was required.

“She alluded to the findings in Ms Gowda’s recommendations to the effect that as a CEO of an institution such as BCCI, the unprofessional and inappropriate conduct of Mr Johri would adversely affect the reputation of BCCI,” the opinion note said.

Even in Wednesday’s note, Edulji had asked Johri to quit with immediate effect. “Ms Edulji said that the fact that Ms Gowda has recommended that Mr Johri should undergo gender sensitisation counselling/training is sufficient for her to arrive at the conclusion that he is not fit to be the CEO of BCCI.”

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