In the wake of the alleged sexual harassment charges leveled against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri an independent committee's probe into the matter has been launched on Thursday. In response, the BCCI has submitted "relevant" documents to the panel setting November 9 as the deadline for any fresh complainants to come forward.
The three-member committee comprises of former Allahabad High Court judge Justice Rakesh Sharma, former Delhi Commission for Women chairperson Barkha Singh and lawyer Veena Gowda. It was set up by the Supreme court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA).
The main accused Johri has already replied to the show cause notice served by the COA where he has denied all allegations leveled against him. "The BCCI submitted the relevant documents in their possession to the committee. The Committee shall hear and scrutinise the material before it for the next two days," a BCCI release stated.
The BCCI have created a separate e-mail address for anyone to lodge a formal complaint with the committee. "...any person whether from BCCI or otherwise, who may have any complaint/information/evidence to address the Committee concerning allegations of sexual harassment may send the same to the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org within 7 days i.e. 9th November 2018," the statement read. Once the complaints are received, it will be the committee's discretion to call anyone for a deposition.
"The proceedings and the deliberations of the Committee, including the name and identity of any complainant, who shall depose before the Committee, shall be kept strictly confidential," the BCCI said.
The committee is scheduled to hold its next meeting on November 10 and 11 in Mumbai, where it will scrutinise any information that is brought to its notice. The Committee has been mandated to submit its final report within 15 days of its appointment.
Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly has written a scathing letter to the BCCI Acting President CK Khanna, Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry,
The former Indian cricket team skipper has pointed out several issues where the mismanagement of the Supreme Court Committee of Advisors was called into question. He further states that their inefficiency has seen the image of the national cricketing body take a severe beating over the last couple of months.
Sensing that Indian cricket was in danger, Ganguly felt this needed to be looked into with immediate effect. He concluded by saying that BCCI is an institution that was built with immense hard work and superb administration. However, the current state of affairs has caused severe damage to the image of the world's richest sports governing body.