BCCI asks Rahul Johri to submit explanation after sexual assault allegations

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Oct 13, 2018, 04.41 PM(IST)

Rahul Johri Photograph:( Others )

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Rahul Johri was accused of sexual assault by an unnamed woman on Twitter. The accusation was put out on Twitter by another woman.

The Committee of Administrators of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to submit an explanation after he was accused of sexual assault. Johri has been asked to submit his explanation within a week. 

The BCCI CEO was accused of sexual assault by an unnamed woman on Twitter. 

The accusation was put out on Twitter by another woman — she shared the accounts of a number of survivors of sexual assault, misconduct, and harassment by a "bunch of head honchos in media".

"Rahul Johari (sic), your #timesup," the woman who put out the accusations tweeted.  

A little later, she said the press should not mention her tweets, nor embed them in their stories. 

The tweets accusing Johri of assault, and the later directive that the tweets not be used by the media.

The woman accusing Johri of assault says in her account that she and Johri had been colleagues. 

He had at the time moved to a new channel, while she was looking for a job. (Before joining the BCCI, Johri was working at the Discovery Channel.) 

She says Johri had asked her out to coffee, and after turning him down a number of time she had finally said yes. She says she had thought that perhaps she could explore her options at the channel he had just joined. 

Midway through coffee, she says Johri told her they were going to his place. 

She says she had thought Johri's wife, Seema, whom she had met once, would be at home. But she was not. 

When she entered Johri's home in Gurgaon, she asked for water. But Johri began talking to her about hiring her as his second-in-command. 

He then got up to get her water. When he came back, she says, he took off his pants. 

She says Johri then said "this is the last part of your interview with me", and then made her fellate him. 

Johri's is not the first name from the cricketing world to be outed by India's burgeoning #MeToo movement. 

Indian playback singer Chinmayi Sripaada, a prominent figure in the south, has accused Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga of sexually assaulting a woman at a Mumbai hotel. And former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga has been accused of sexually harassing an Indian flight attendant also at a Mumbai hotel.

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