Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul breaks headlines few months ago, for their sexiest remarks on the chat show Koffee With Karan 6.
Both players became subjects of nationwide criticism following their remarks on women. And following this, they have been banned from playing India vs Australia ODI series. But, later, Committee of Administrators (CoA) has lifted the suspension of the two.
And now, the cricketers made headlines once again. Now, BCCI ombudsman DK Jain has fined KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya Rs 20 lakh each. Jain also stated that no further actions will be taken against Hardik and Rahul.
Hardik Pandya & KL Rahul fined Rs 20 lakh
As per the order published on the official BCCI website, the fine which these cricketers have been asked to pay includes a payment of Rs 1 lakh each to “the most deserving widows of ten constables in para-military forces who have lost their lives while on duty, through ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ App”.
The BCCI ombudsman has also instructed the cricketers to deposit Rs 10 lakh each in the fund “created by the Cricket Association for the Blind”. Hardik and Rahul will have to make the payments within four weeks from the date of order i.e April 19.
The Ombudsman has also said that if both the players fail to do so within four weeks from the date of the receipt of the order, the Board of Control for Cricket in India might deduct the said amount from the match fees payable to the players.
Meanwhile, a report in India Today states, “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 he also noted that cricketers in the country are role models and their act should be befitting the status they have acquired. But he also noted that since both the players apologised and did not contest the action initiated against them, it is unnecessary to return a categorical finding as to whether the remarks made during the course of the chat show constitutes as an act of indiscipline or misconduct or violation of any of Rules and Regulations on part of players as contemplated under Rule 41 (1) (c) of the rules.”
For the uninitiated, early this year, Hardik and Rahul had appeared on Karan’s chat show Koffee With Karan season 6. Pandya made some sexiest remarks on the show. Post which the two have faced severe backlash on social media.
The episode also taken down by the broadcasters after several complaints by the users.