New Delhi, January 17: The Supreme Court today adjourned the case filed by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Committee of Administrators (COA) to next week, in connection with the cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul.
After the submission of multiple applications, the two-judge bench of Justice SA Bobde and Justice AM Sapre postponed the hearing and appointed a new amicus curiae, PS Narasimha who will assist the court with the case after senior advocate Gopal Subramanium stepped himself out from the position.
It was held that the next hearing will be held after the new amicus curiae can appear before the court.
The Committee of Administrators (COA) had mentioned before the court the sexist and racists comments made by Rahul and Pandya on an Indian television chat show ‘Koffee with Karan’ and pleaded them guilty on the charge of indiscipline and misconduct.
However, Hardik Pandya on Twitter apologized after making misogynistic comments on the show, but the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was not satisfied with the apology and suspended the two cricketers and asked them to return home from Australia.
The BCCI chief executive officer, Rahul Johri also conducted an initial hearing with the players over the phone and submitted the players' explanations to the CoA on Tuesday
The Committee of Administrators (COA) sought directions for the appointment of an ombudsman to investigate into the matter, over it, different views and opinions came out. On one hand, Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the BCCI, said that an ombudsman cannot be compelled to accept as BCCI is a private and elected body whereas Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) had no objection over the appointment of ombudsman provided he was appointed by the Indian cricket board.
Meanwhile, the COA lawyer while citing the delay in Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul case remarked that an ombudsman is necessary. He also urged the non-return of the two cricketers to play cricket until the ombudsman decides their plea.
Committee of Administrators (COA) also submitted its status report before the Supreme Court and observed that not even a single state association has yet fully complied with the RM Lodha recommendations which were approved by the Supreme Court in 2016.
Notably, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul are suspended for making anti-feminist comments on Koffee with Karan and the inquiry is pending.