A BCCI ombudsman asks cricketers to attend hearings
A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman has issued notices to cricketers KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for their sexists comments in a television talk show, ESPNcricinfo has reported.
Justice DK Jain has asked them to attend the hearings in regard to their statements. It will be the first matter to be heard by the judge, who was appointed on the position by the Indian Supreme Court in February.
Justice Jain, speaking with ESPNcricinfo, said that he has to hear both players before adjudicating on the matter as matter of natural justice.
“I have sent them the notice. It is for them to appear or not,” he said. “It is part of natural justice. You cannot hold someone guilty without having given them the opportunity to present their case.”
Justice Jain said there was no deadline given to him by the BCCI for taking a final decision.
The duo were suspended by the cricketing board’s Committee of Administrators in January for their remarks. They were in Australia at the time and were called back home and were handed suspensions two days later.
Their suspension was lifted provisionally lifted on January 24 pending an inquiry.