The investigative committee investigating allegations of sexual harassment against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has sought more time to finalize his investigation. The research committee was originally granted a fortnight to complete its investigation by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), with the deadline ended today.
However, the investigation committee, composed of Rakesh Sharma (retired judge of the Allahabad High Court), Barkha Singh (former president of the Women’s Commission of Delhi) and Veena Gowda (lawyer for women’s rights) – wrote to the CoA in Thurday in search of more time, saying that it would end the investigation as soon as possible. The CoA approved the request without a specific deadline.
ESPNcricnfo understands that one of the reasons why the committee looked for more time could be because it has not yet sent the transcripts to everyone who submitted it before last week. It is understood that people who have not yet received the transcripts include the two female claimants, both residing abroad. Both women, who are not with BCCI, testified about Skype in the last week.
Others who testified include former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi, members of CoA Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, and whistleblower Aditya Verma and their legal adviser Sanjeev Mishra. Johri was the last person to face the investigation committee and his deposition lasted two days.
Once the transcripts are finalized, the three-person investigation committee will evaluate the statements and all the evidence presented before reaching a conclusion. It is understood that the CoA will ask Johri to resign if the verdict of the investigation committee is unanimous or majority, without confirmation of how the dissident opinion will be handled.
Johri was appointed first CEO of BCCI in June 2016 with His contract lasting until May 2021. In the event that Johri is found guilty by the investigation committee and asked to resign, the BCCI will appoint an interim CEO . A new CEO will only be appointed once the BCCI elects its new general body and the post-apex council elections.