Pandya, KL Rahul's sexist comments: CoA divided yet again; Rai wants quick enquiry, Edulji warns of 'cover up'

Diana Edulji and Vinod Rai make up the Committee of Administrators. Photograph:( PTI )

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 12, 2019, 03.31 PM (IST)

CoA chief Vinod Rai has proposed a quick enquiry into the much-criticised comments made by suspended cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul but Diana Edulji fears it will be construed as a "cover up" job. 

The two-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) is yet again divided; this time on how the inquiry into the latest controversy should be conducted. 

Pandya and Rahul, who attracted widespread criticism for their misogynistic comments on the TV Show 'Koffee with Karan', will be back in India by Saturday or early Sunday.

In another round of unfriendly email exchanges (which are in PTI's possession), CoA member Edulji has expressed her reservations about BCCI CEO Rahul Johri — who was himself embroiled in a sexual harassment case — conducting a preliminary inquiry, and fears a "cover up".

Also read: BCCI sends suspension note to Hardik Pandya over sexist remarks made on TV show

Rai on his part wants the inquiry to be finished by second ODI as delay in completing the procedure would affect the team strength. 

"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 her email response after Rai wanted the inquiry to be completed quickly as team strength has gone down from 15 to 13.

"We must take a view by the time second ODI gets over as we cannot afford to debilitate team strength due to delinquent behaviour on the part of some player," Rai had written.

While the legal team had advised appointment of an ad-hoc ombudsman for which Rai wants the view of amicus. 

However, Edulji wants CoA and office bearers to be part of the inquiry as CEO's presence will be perceived as "bad optics" according to her.

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In another round of unfriendly email exchanges (in possession of PTI), CoA member Diana Edulji has expressed her reservations about BCCI CEO Rahul Johri — who was himself recently embroiled in a sexual harassment case — conducting a preliminary inquiry, and fears a "cover up".

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