Rahul Johri probe panel meets on Thursday

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |

Published: October 31, 2018 4:00:40 am

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The three-member independent committee constituted by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to inquire into the allegations of sexual harassment made against the cricket board chief executive Rahul Johri will start its proceedings in Mumbai from Thursday.

The committee is headed by Justice (Retd.) Rakesh Sharma. The committee will have to submit its report within 15 days.

On Tuesday, the CoA set the terms of reference for the independent committee. Accordingly, the committee “shall inquire into” all allegations that have been made against Johri, “whether anonymous or otherwise, whether they relate prior to his employment with BCCI or otherwise, in accordance with law”.

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The committee members, who will be paid Rs 1,50,000 per day/meeting by the BCCI, along with a “one-time fee for reading the material and writing the report”, have been directed to keep the proceedings and the deliberations, “including the name and identity of any complainant who comes forward before the Committee, if any”, strictly confidential. Johri has been directed to “keep all the information disclosed to him during the course of the proceedings strictly confidential”.

And the committee has been asked to issue a public notice “containing relevant contact details/email id(s)” to ensure that any person, who is willing to place any facts before the committee, can do so. The notice can be put on the BCCI website and/or any other medium.

Former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi has volunteered to “assist” the BCCI in this matter by providing “information” on Johri. The two members of the CoA are apparently not on the same page, as Diana Edulji wanted Johri out.

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