Ganguly blasts CoA over its handling of sexual harassment allegation against Johri

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has raised his concerns with recent reports of sexual harassment against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and added he was worried with the way the Committee of Administrators handled the case.In a letter (which is in possession of India Today) addressed to BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry and acting president CK Khanna, Ganguly said he had a “deep sense of fear as to where Indian cricket administration is going.”Johri, who has served as the BCCI CEO since April 2016, had been accused of inappropriate behaviour by a woman during his stint at Discovery channel.The woman posted an account of the alleged harassment on Twitter. However, the alleged victim did not wish to be named. The woman who uploaded the posts online on behalf of the alleged victim has also requested for privacy and tweeted that her posts should not be linked or embedded by any media house. Johri became the first personality associated with Indian cricket to be named in the #MeToo firestorm.Ganguly said the reports of sexual harassment against Johri and the way the allegation was handled, has shown the Indian cricket board in poor light.”I don’t know how far it’s true, but the recent reports of harassment has really made the BCCI look very poorly.. more so the way it has been handled… The Comittee of Administrators from four has come down to two and now the two seem to be divided,” Ganguly wrote in the letter which is in possession of India Today.advertisement Sourav Ganguly wrote to BCCI slamming the handling of sexual harassment claims against Rahul JohriIt was earlier reported that while Diana Edulji was in favour of sacking Johri, Vinod Rai wanted the allegations to be investigated further as he did not want to deny Johri “natural justice”.Ganguly also touched upon his disappointment with the way the Indian coach was selected (“the less said the better”) – along with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, Ganguly was part of the Cricket Advisory Committee which first selected Anil Kumble as coach in 2016. After a bitter fallout between Kumble and Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri was named coach in 2017.Ganguly, now the president of Cricket Association of Bengal, is not the first high-profile figure in Indian cricket to question the CoA’s handling of the Johri issue.Earlier, the BCCI acting secretary had slammed the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for dealing with the alleged sexual harassment case against CEO Rahul Johri in the “most cavalier manner”.CoA did constitute a three-member independent panel comprising former Allahabad high court judge Justice Rakesh Sharma, former Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) chairperson Barkha Singh and former CBI director PC Sharma to probe the allegations of sexual harassment against against Johri.(Edited by Rajarshi Gupta)last_img