Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul who were embroiled in controversy for their nasty comments in a popular chat show, have been served notices by Supreme Court appointed BCCI Ombudsman, former Justice DK Jain to appear for deposition for their inappropriate gestures during ‘Koffee With Karan season 6’ episode. Justice Jain said on the development, “I have issued notices last week to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul asking them to appear for deposition. As per the principles of natural justice, I need to hear their side. It’s up to them now to decide when they want to appear”.
Currently, Hardik Pandya is playing for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 12th edition of IPL while Rahul joined Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). However, it is not yet confirmed that how will BCCI manage with their respective IPL franchises for deposition during the ongoing event of IPL. The duo could be called for deposition after the clash between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab on April 10 at Wankhede Stadium.
Once Jain took the charge of Ombudsman’s position, Committee of Administrators (CoA) referred the matter to him to handle the issue solemnly. Jain made it very clear that both the cricketers have to appear in person and not through any legal representatives.
The duo suspended provisionally for their inappropriate conduct by CoA and were sent back to India from Australian series. After lifting their suspension, Pandya joined back the team in mid of the New Zealand tour and on the other hand, Rahul was told to play the home A series against England Lions. Earlier, both the cricketers were issued show cause notices by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on January 2019 when the players did the loose talk on the show hosted by Bollywood director Karan Johar.