The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed former apex court judge Justice D K Jain as the ombudsman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the very first in Indian cricket board's history.
A two-judge bench of S A Bobde and A M Sapre, after due consideration, chose DK Jain, a former SC judge as well as a former chairman of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.
"We are happy that by consent of the parties and the suggestions, the name of retired Justice D K Jain has been agreed to be appointed as the ombudsman in the BCCI. We accordingly appoint Justice (retired) D K Jain as first ombudsman in the BCCI," the bench said.
One of the biggest responsibility of DK Jain would be to handle the differences between the various cricket associations in the country. Further, he will also be tasked with looking into the allegations and charges on the BCCI authorities.
Apart from this, the BCCI ombudsman will look into the massive controversy surrounding Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul.
The two Indian players were on line of fire after making some sexist and misogynist remarks during a TV episode. Following that, the duo were suspended with immediate effect until action was taken against them.
The COA was initially divided on the action which should be taken against the duo. But after having talks with BCCI and Amicus Curiae, Mr. P.S. Narasimha, their ban was temparily lifted and the players were allowed to rejoin cricket.
Following was the press release which was issued by the CoA:
The Committee of Administrators (“CoA”) had, by emails dated 11.01.2019, and in exercise of Rule 41(6) of the Constitution of BCCI, suspended Mr. Hardik Pandya and Mr. K.L. Rahul in view of the allegations of misconduct against them, pending adjudication of the allegations under Rule 46 of the approved BCCI Constitution.
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 above matter and decision has been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, Mr. P.S. Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman.