Action against Pandya, Rahul: Rai for quick inquiry, Eduji fears cover up

Action against Pandya, Rahul: Rai for quick inquiry, Eduji fears cover up
Hardik Pandya, left, and K L Rahul, right, attracted widespread criticism for their misogynistic comments on TV Show 'Koffee with Karan'.
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New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has proposed a quick inquiry into much-criticised comments made by suspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul but CoA member Diana Edulji fears it will be construed as a "cover up" job.

The two-member CoA is yet again divided and this time on how the inquiry into the latest controversy should be conducted.

Pandya and Rahul, who attracted widespread criticism for their misogynistic comments on TV Show 'Koffee with Karan', will be back in India by Saturday or early Sunday.

In another round of unfriendly email exchange (in possession of PTI), Edulji has expressed her reservation at BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, who himself was embroiled in sexual harassment case, conducting preliminary inquiry and fears a "cover up".

Rai on his part wants the inquiry to be finished by the second One-Day International (ODI) against Australia as delay in completing the procedure would affect the team strength.

"We should be in no hurry to conduct the inquiry as it would then look like a cover up job being done," Edulji wrote in her email response after Rai wanted inquiry to be completed quickly as team strength has gone down from 15 to 13.

"We must take a view by the time second ODI gets over as we cannot afford to debilitate team strength due to delinquent behaviour on the part of some player," Rai had written.

While legal team had advised appointment of ad hoc ombudsman for which Rai wants the view of amicus curiae.

However, Edulji wants CoA and office-bearers to be part of the inquiry as CEO's presence will be perceived as "bad optics" according to her.

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