The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is going through a tough phase in the last couple of years. During this time, the Indian Supreme Court formed a Committee of Administrators (CoA) to function the board in the right order. Also, the board went through a constitutional change recommended by Lodha committee. Now, the Supreme Court has given BCCI its very first Ombudsman in form of Retired Justice DK Jain.
The SC made this announcement on Thursday to appoint former Supreme Court Judge DK Jain at this new position, who will be told his duties really soon. However, his first duty at the helm will be to pass judgment on the quantum of punishments to be doled out to the duo of KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya.
The duo of Pandya and KL Rahul were handed an untimely ban after their controversial appearance at the talk show called ‘Koffee with Karan’. They made some misogynist comments while interacting with the host Karan Johar and the controversy erupted as soon as the episode got aired on Star World and Hotstar.
However, they were allowed to play cricket till the case is pending and the punishment isn’t announced. Hardik has made his international return but KL is yet to feature in any international game. Though, he is playing domestic cricket at the moment.
Jain will be the first BCCI Ombudsman under the new constitution and will take charge as soon as possible. A bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and A M Sapre said: “We are happy that by consent of the parties and the suggestions, the name of retired Justice D K Jain has been agreed to be appointed as the ombudsman in the BCCI. We accordingly appoint Justice (retired) D K Jain as the first ombudsman in the BCCI.”
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The Supreme Court also cautioned the CoA, of which Diana Edulji and Vinod Rai are members, not to air their differences in public.