Members of the Committee of Administrators (CoA), Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, have divergent views on how to approach the Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul matter. Meanwhile, both the star Indian cricketers got suspended following their sexist remarks on Koffee with Karan. Though the committee has suggested an inquiry into the matter, both Rai and Edulji have different views.
Different views lead to a delay in the inquiry
On the one hand, Vinod Rai wants to appoint an ad-hoc ombudsman, as suggested by the BCCI’s legal advisor; Diana Edulji insists on a permanent appointee to conduct the inquiry. In a letter written to the chairman, Vinod Rai, Diana writes asking the Supreme Court to appoint an ombudsman; instead of an ad-hoc ombudsman, which out rules the new constitution.’
“The Supreme Court hearing is scheduled for 17th Jan, let the court be informed about this situation and let an Ombudsman be appointed by the court instead of taking a wrong step of appointing the ad hoc ombudsman, which is not as per the new constitution,” writes Diana.
Meanwhile, Vinod Rai wants a quick probe in the matter. In his counter answering, he is ready to get the process going in the absence of a permanent appointee. Also, BCCI’s legal advisors, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, have given the green signal to the move.
“The CoA can appoint an ad hoc ombudsman with a defined specific mandate of adjudicating on the present matter and he should be a retired Judge of the Supreme Court or a retired Chief Justice of a High Court.”
Edulji wants CoA, BCCI to conduct the probe
Ex-women’s team captain, Diana Edulji wants the inquiry to get undertaken in the presence of CoA and the BCCI officials.
“Please note that since you do not want to follow the suggestion of legal to have an ‘ad hoc ombudsman’. Your suggestion runs the risk of your committee being ‘judge, jury and executioner’. Please go ahead and take it forward. I will keep away and leave it to you,”
However, Vinod Rai, in his other email, as reported by the PTI, has said the BCCI is not in the business of ending young careers.
“BCCI is not in the business of ending young careers. Please be assured that the desire to conduct the inquiry is not a desire to ‘cover up’. The interest of cricket in India has to be kept in mind. The CEO must fulfil his duty as per Rule 41(C) and conduct the inquiry after receiving the explanation of the players. He must ensure that the norms of natural justice are fulfilled,”
Meanwhile, both Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have returned to India following their suspension.