Edulji ob­jects to Rahul Johri prob­ing Pandya

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Chan­der Shekhar Luthra

New Delhi: The Supreme Court-ap­pointed Com­mit­tee of Ad­min­is­tra­tors (COA) has been at log­ger­heads ever since Diana Edulji charged Vinod Rai with scut­tling the probe against Board of Con­trol for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri in al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­su­alt against him.

Now, even as Rai is press­ing for a “quick in­quiry” into the Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul issue – where the duo has been con­demned for its misog­y­nis­tic com­ments on a tele­vi­sion show – Edulji fears an­other “cover up” if any haste is shown in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted by Johri.

While the BCCI le­gal team had ad­vised the ap­point­ment of an ad-hoc om­buds­man for the probe, Edulji wants COA and the BCCI of­fice-bear­ers to be part of the in­quiry panel as, ac­cord­ing to the for­mer India cap­tain, the Board CEO’s pres­ence will be per­ceived as “bad op­tics”.

“We should be in no hurry to con­duct the in­quiry as it would then look like a cover up job be­ing done,” Edulji wrote in an email re­sponse to Rai’s wish for a speedy out­come on the suspended duo.

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