Finally Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul have got their punishment for the sexist comments they made on Karan Johar’s TV show Koffee with Karan.
BCCI ombudsman Justice DK Jain has directed Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to make a donation worth Rupees 20 Lakhs each to charity, in order to compensate to their collective indiscretion on Koffee with Karan show which caused a lot of damage to image of Indian cricket. Out of these 20 lakhs, the pair has been asked to pay INR 1 Lakh each to most-deserving widows of 10 constables each of para-military forces and to deposit Rs 10 Lakh each to a fund created for promotion of cricket among the blind as a part of their fines.
The Ombudsman has also said that if both the players fail to do so within four weeks from the date of the order, BCCI can deduct the same amount from the match fees payable to the players.
Hardik and Rahul have already missed five ODIs each as a result of a provisional ban slapped at the time, pending inquiry. The Ombudsman noted that the players had already missed out on earning of about Rs 30 Lakh as they had been sent back from the tour of Australia. But this punishment is necessary because cricketers in the country are seen as role models and their acts should be befitting to the status which they have acquired.
But he also noted that since both the players have apologised and did not condemned the action initiated against them, it is unnecessary to return a categorical find that which player violated which rule. Both are feeling guilty for their sexist comments and there is no need to punish them categorical as it will affect their image.
Justice Jain was handed over the case once he took charge. He issued a notice to both Hardik and Rahul on April 2 to appear before him in person. The duo appeared before Justice Jain in person on April 9 and 10, and issued their unconditional apology again.
Justice Jain’s order read “Taking into consideration all these aspects, in particular that the player has tendered an apology for the incident without seeking to justify his action, has acknowledged his duty to the society and expressed his willingness to hold himself to higher standards expected of him and has missed out five ODIs; in the interest of justice and fair play, in order to purge his collective indiscretion, it would suffice if the player is directed to…” before listing out the two donations asked of them.