The Acting Secretary of the BCCI Amitabh Choudhary has accused the Committee of Administrators (COA) Chairman Vinod Rai of taking unilateral decisions in dealing with sexual misconduct charges against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.In a communication to COA accessed by India Today, he writes, “The Committee of Administrators was constituted by the Honourable Supreme Court as a four member body and one of the members of the said committee was made the chairman to convene its meetings and preside over them. The position of the Chairman was only that of first among equals and no additional or superior powers had or have been conferred upon the Chairman by the Honourable Supreme Court. Presently, the committee comprises two members and both members are equal in status for all purposes. That being so, the learned Chairman has no power or authority to prevail over the views of the other esteemed member and take decisions unilaterally on behalf of the CoA or on behalf of the BCCI.The media advisory issued by the BCCI and the subsequent reports clearly lay down that one member of the Committee of Administrators was decisive in the matter that there was enough material warranting strict action against the CEO. The learned Chairman, on the other hand, decided to have further inquiries.”Choudhary argues that given the serious differences between the two COA members on the issue, it would have been more prudent to let the Supreme Court rule over the matter or place it before the BCCI general body.advertisement”The media release says a committee comprising three persons will look into the matter without informing how the committee was constituted or who chose its members. In view of the admitted position of one member completely disagreeing with the Chairman, the esteemed member could hardly have had anything to do with the constitution of the three member enquiry committee. This makes the enquiry committee further suspect.In view of the clear divergence of views of the two members of the COA, the only recourse available was to refer the issue to either the Honourable Supreme Court of India or to the General Body,” he further writes.Choudhary also goes on to question the composition of the committee, two of the three members being over 70 years of age, arguing it’s against the spirit of the Supreme Court order. “Interestingly, two of this three member enquiry committee are disqualified in terms of the limitation of 70 years of age, laid down by the Honourable Supreme Court in its order dated 09.08.2018. A committee stricken with such infirmities from its inception is hardly expected to dispense any real justice and is bound to be seen with great suspicion. The undersigned most humbly desires that a solution be immediately be found in view of the points noted above,” he writes.BCCI CEO Rahul Johri charged with sexual harassment through an anonymous post on social media, submitted his written reply to the COA on October 20th. Differences between the two COA members came to light with Diana Edulji of the opinion that there are sufficient grounds for Johri’s contract to be terminated and Chairman Vinod Rai wanting the CEO to be given a right to put up his case before a probe committee.As per a BCCI media release, following legal advice, an inquiry committee comprising of Justice Rakesh Sharma, former Allahabad High Court judge, Smt. Barkha Singh, former Chairperson, Delhi Commission for Women and P. C. Sharma, former Director, CBI was formed and asked to submit it’s report in fifteen days.Another sexual misconduct allegation against the BCCI CEO too has come to light with former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangdi claiming to have been approached by an unknown lady seeking advice on how to bring the charge against the CEO to BCCI’s notice.
Japan restarted a second reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant on the southwestern island of Kyushu on Thursday (15 October), as the government pushes ahead with an unpopular return to atomic energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.The restart of the Sendai No 2 unit marks progress for Japans utilities, which have been hit by huge losses after being forced to shut down nuclear plants for safety checks.Weve actively implemented various safety measures including disaster prevention schemes to never let anything like the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident happen again, chief manager of Sendai nuclear plant Rei Sudou said, after his staff switched on the dormant reactor No 2 at 10.30am.The unit will begin power generation on 21 October and is expected to enter commercial operation from around mid-November. Kyushu Electric Power Co restarted the No 1 unit at the Sendai plant in August after approval from the countrys atomic regulator came following two years of reviews and equipment checks.Anxious to cut fuel bills, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants atomic power to account for 20-22% of the countrys energy mix by 2030, but the goal is widely seen as unrealistic and opposition to nuclear power remains widespread. Opinion polls have consistently shown strong opposition to nuclear power among the public, even as electricity bills surged following the switch to expensive fossil fuels.We will continue to restart nuclear reactors that meet whats called one of the most strict safety standards in the world, respecting the judgement of the governments nuclear authority, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said during a regular news conference on Thursday.The government is unchanged with its determination that we should restart nuclear reactors that meet the safety standards as were currently relying on old fuel generators that are forcedly put into operation, Suga added. Close