New Delhi: With the Supreme Court adjourning proceedings on all BCCI matters for a week, suspended Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul’s wait for a closure to the furore over their sexist comments got longer on Thursday. Pulled midway out of the tour of Australia, provisionally suspended and lambasted thoroughly, the two cricketers’ future was left uncertain after hearing was adjourned by the two-judge bench comprising Justices AM Sapre and SA Bobde following current amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium’s resignation on health grounds.
“Now that SC has taken cognisance of the case and already asked the new amicus to come back after a week, the CoA chief cannot appoint an ad-hoc Ombudsman as it will be contempt of court,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Thursday. The appointment of an ombudsman was sought by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to investigate the duo’s comments on hookups with multiple women and being casual about it with their families, on the show ‘Koffee with Karan’ with film-maker Karan Johar. With the bench nominating former Additional Solicitor General PS Narsimha as the new amicus, the case of appointment of a permanent or ad-hoc ombudsman will only come up as and when the new amicus takes charge.