Suspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have tendered unconditional apologies to the seven-day show cause notice issued to them by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Both the players were asked to return home from the Australia tour following the suspension order.
The Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai has now referred the matter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, who will investigate the case further. Johri is supposed to submit his findings in no more than 15 days.
“Yes, Hardik and Rahul have submitted their reply to the fresh showcause notices that were served to them. They have tendered unconditional apology. The CoA chief has instructed the CEO to conduct an inquiry as per clause 41 (c) of the new BCCI constitution,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
As per new constitution, ombudsman is to adjudicate the CEO’s findings. The next Supreme Court hearing is on January 17, which is when an ombudsman could be appointed. If the court does not do so, Vinod Rai wants to appoint an ad-hoc ombudsman.
Meanwhile, the BCCI state units have written to acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to call for a Special General Meeting (SGM) for the appointment of the Ombudsman of the BCCI to adjudicate the case, once the investigations are complete.
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul had appeared on the celebrity chat show Koffee with Karan where the duo made misogynistic comments and drew the ire of the entire nation.
“When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya boasted.
The 25-year-old also said things like, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn’t ask women for their names in nightclubs.
Rahul then went on to reveal how they both decide on who gets to date a girl when Karan Johar asked them what happens when both of them like a particular person? “Upto the woman,” Rahul replied.
But Pandya interrupted and said, “Nahi nahi aisa kuch nahi hai, talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao. It is on talent.”
Pandya later took to Twitter to apologise for his comments but his apology made matters worse as he drew the ire of the entire nation. The BCCI stepped in and issued show cause notices to both players and later suspended them from the Australia and New Zealand series.