Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul (Courtesy- Hardik Pandya Instagram)
Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul (Courtesy- Hardik Pandya Instagram)

CoA lifts suspension of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul

ANI | Updated: Jan 24, 2019 22:41 IST

New Delhi (India), Jan 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Thursday lifted the suspension of cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul with immediate effect.
In a statement, the CoA said that the arbitration of all allegations of misconduct against any cricketer is required to be undertaken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman but since the appointment of ombudsman is pending, they decided to "presently lift" the suspension of Pandya and Rahul.
"Since the adjudication of all allegations of misconduct against any cricketer registered with, inter alia, the BCCI is required to be undertaken by the BCCI Ombudsman, whose appointment is pending directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the CoA is the of the view that the interim suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 should be presently lifted with immediate effect," the statement read.
The committee took the decision with the concurrence of amicus curiae P.S. Narasimha who was appointed to assist BCCI in the case following the withdrawal of senior advocate Gopal Subramanium from the position.
Rahul and Pandya were handed over an indefinite suspension from cricket following their misogynistic remarks at a celebrity chat show 'Koffee with Karan.'
Pandya, who shared the couch with Rahul on the show, faced backlash for what netizens termed 'sexist' and 'disrespectful' remarks on women. On the show, he bragged about not asking the names of women at parties and how he watched them move on the dance floor.
The all-rounder on January 9 took to social media and apologised for the incident stating he "may have got a bit carried away with the nature of the show". (ANI)

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