Edulji objects to Rahul Johri probing Pandya
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.