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#MeToo: Shishir Hattangadi prepared to testify in opposition to Rahul Johri, says ‘valid responsibility to wait on a pal’

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NEW DELHI: Former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi on Friday said that he is ready to testify against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri who has been charged with sexual misconduct. Hattangadi said that he has not met Johri and he only decided to testify as it is his “moral responsibility” to help.

NEW DELHI: Broken-down Mumbai captain
Shishir Hattangadi on Friday said that he’s prepared to testify in opposition to BCCI CEO
Rahul Johri who has been charged with sexual misconduct.Hattangadi, while talking to timesofindia.com, said that he has now not met Johri and he most bright made up our minds to testify as it’s his “valid responsibility” to wait on a pal in need.”If the @BCCI desire files about Rahul Johri on #metoo I’m joyful to wait on them. I’m putting my hand up as a used Captain,” Hattangadi tweeted.

Later in one other tweet, Hattangadi said that participants can not be above the Board and “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion”.

“Or now not it is rarely about @RJohri and their ilk, its about representing a country’s sport through the @BCCI on an world discussion board, that is revered. Folks can not be above the sport. Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion, if in any appreciate, there is suspicion!” he tweeted.

Hattangadi narrated to timesofindia.com how the victim approached him for wait on in opposition to Johri.

“Pass over X reached out to me, pronouncing I dangle skilled this with this gentleman, while he became once in the build of BCCI CEO. What enact I enact, can you wait on me? I said yes, I will talk to the COA participants. I talked to a COA member and requested them to talk to her and repair it on paper and the subject ended there. After which…I also tweeted to the BCCI that I’m joyful to arrive wait on and testify or consult with you on this subject,” he suggested timesofindia.com.

Hattangadi also requested the victim to doc her allegations on paper. “I asked the girl to write to the COA because no subject you instruct has to be documented and presented to the three-member committee. That it’s likely you’ll possibly’t fade anything in the realms of speculation. This is an allegation for any individual to contest in the occasion that they desire to. Nonetheless you would possibly possibly need said it, so attach it on paper,” he added.

Hattangadi also denied claims that he has an ulterior motive in blaming Johri.

“This files is definitely damning. I build now not know Rahul Johri from Adam. I dangle by no blueprint met him in my lifestyles nor enact I intend to so. I build now not dangle any axe to grind with anybody. On the different hand, when a pal approaches me, it’s my valid responsibility to repeat them accordingly. I also reached out to the directors, pronouncing I’m accessible so that you can request me on this subject, easy as that,” he said.

The used Mumbai captain extra said that he has spoken to one in every of the COA’s (Committee of Administrators) participants since his tweet.

On Thursday, the COA had formed a three-member panel to probe the allegation of sexual harassment in opposition to Johri however chairman Vinod Rai stood in the kind of his sacking which became once demanded by his fellow COA member amongst others.

The panel pickle up by the COA contains used Allahabad high courtroom deem Justice Rakesh Sharma, who has been named chairman, Delhi Commission for Ladies chairperson Barkha Singh and used CBI director PC Sharma.

The Rai-led COA, which has used girls’s captain Diana Edulji as its member, said that Johri had has submitted his response to the demonstrate-reason behold issued in opposition to him after an nameless narrative of the alleged incident came up on social media.

The publish by the accuser, who claimed to be Johri’s ex-colleague at a previous job, has been deleted by the twitter take care of that in the muse shared it.

The COA said that Johri submitted his explanation on October 20 denying that the alleged incident ever took build. The COA met on October 20 and 22 to desire into consideration the subject the set up Edulji demanded Johri’s elimination.

On the different hand, the chairman of the COA did now not agree and felt that an just inquiry became once compulsory as the tweet became once nameless, the COA said in an announcement.

Rai also felt that since the price on social media linked to his previous job, with the Discovery channel, it became once most bright sexy that a probe is conducted.

Johri will proceed to dwell on fade until the just committee submits its picture and a choice is taken on its findings.

Earlier, the advise devices of Saurashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, and Goa had written to the COA, tense Johri’s elimination.

 

SOURCE: Time Of India

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