first_imgThe probe committee investigating sexual misconduct allegations against Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri has sought more time to come to a decision.Justice Rakesh Sharma, former Judge of Allahabad High Court, Barkha Singh, former Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women and women’s rights lawyer Veena Gowda, who are a part of the inquiry committee, were asked to complete their probe by November 15, but they have sought more procedural time as they need to send transcripts to all those who have deposed in the case.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Adminstrators (CoA) is yet to react officially on the matter but is likely to give a three-day extension. Sources confirm that no more depositions are likely to take place in the investigation and the report may be out early next week.Rahul Johri presents his case in sexual harassment allegations before probe panelBCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, who could not depose due to personal reasons, has inquired if he can depose next week.BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary, former BCCI anti corruption head Neeraj Kumar and Lodha reforms petitioner Aditya Verma, have deposed against Johri till now.READ – Ganguly blasts CoA over its handling of sexual harassment allegation against JohriCoA chief Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji have also recorded their statements before the committee which has been likened to a conflict of interest situation by some in the BCCI.”Yes, Rahul appeared before the panel in person. Since two of the alleged victims have already deposed along with CoA members and one of the principal office-bearer [treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary], only the CEO was left,” a senior BCCI official told news agency PTI on conditions of anonymity.advertisementAlso read – Former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangdi offers to testify against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri”One of the alleged victims deposed before the panel via Skype. The other was the latest complainant. However, I won’t be able to confirm whether she appeared in person or deposed via video conferencing,” the official said.Edulji however, unlike Rai, had first asked for Johri to resign given the nature of the allegations. Rai on the other hand, wanted Johri to get an opportunity to represent his case.Significantly, a BCCI employee who is the alleged victim has chosen not to testify. Two other complainants, both media professionals have deposed against Johri.The allegations against Johri surfaced when an author, woman shared an incident involving an unnamed person, who claimed to be Johri’s colleague during his stint at the Discovery Channel.Johri has worked in various positions with the Discovery channel from 2001 to 2016 before taking over as the BCCI CEO.Believed to be in his late 40s, he became the first CEO of the cricket body after its administrative structure underwent a revamp owing to the Lodha Committee recommendations.(With PTI inputs)Also Watch: Ravi Shastri not my yes man, nobody has said no to me more often: Virat Kohlilast_img