The Supreme Court has adjourned the case pertaining to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to next week, thus ruling out any chance of a return for the pair to the Indian set-up in the near future. In fact, the court had to defer the hearing on multiple applications related to the BCCI for after the appointment of an amicus curiae after Gopal Subramanium withdrew himself from the position.
The Committee of Administrators had mentioned before the court the comments made by Rahul and Pandya on the chat show ‘Koffee with Karan’ and sought directions on the appointment of an ombudsman to investigate into the issue. The two-judge bench of Justices SA Bobde and AM Sapre nominated PS Narsimha as a replacement to Subramanium who has been amicus curiae in the case for the past few years before adjourning the rest of the matter for next week.
Earlier, in correspondence between the members of the CoA and the BCCI, Diana Edulji had stated that the court should appoint an ombudsman to conduct the investigation into the comments made by the two players. “As the SC hearing is scheduled for 17th Jan, let the court be informed about this situation and let an Ombudsman be appointed by the court instead of taking a wrong step of appointing the ad hoc ombudsman, which is not as per the new constitution,” said Edulji.