An independent committee that investigates allegations of sexual assault on BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is likely to be given an extension of the week because of the increasing pressure to summon victims to be overthrown before the panel.
The committee, chaired by former Allahabad (retd) High Court Rakesh Sharma judge and including women's rights lawyer Veena Gowda, former head of the Delhi Women's Commission, Barkha Singh, will end the investigation on Thursday. However, by allowing Johri to overthrow on Tuesday, and not even trying to reach the victims, the committee invited criticism.
DNA has learned that only one reporter, a woman from England, was overthrown by video conference. He is believed to be the same person in which former Mumbai cricketer Shishir Hattangadi defended and approached the committee.
However, no effort was made to reach BCCI women employees themselves.
BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary, COA member Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, Cricket Association Bihar secretary Aditya Verma, cricket player Hattangadi with former anti-corruption BCCI head Neeraj Kumar (via video conference) have so far been deposed before the committee.
It is understandable that the three-member committee is likely to meet several more people and there is a strong possibility that Johri will appear again before him.
Johri's initial deposition lasted almost seven hours. Insiders revealed that most of the overthrown questioned the BCCI administrator to explain "why was the proper investigation panel not regulated after complaints were received against Johri by female employees?"
"It's about setting standards and it's about good governance. How can Diana (Edulji) call to delay Johri until the investigation is ignored? "An office bearer asked the committee members.