SC appoints former judge Justice D.K. Jain as BCCI ombudsman

The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed Justice DK Jain as the BCCI ombudsman

The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed Justice DK Jain as the BCCI ombudsman

"Does anyone have a problem with us appointing an ombudsman?"

The Bench of Justices SA Bobde and AM Sapre made the appointment stating that Justice Jain's name was agreeable to all parties. "We accordingly appoint Justice (retired) DK Jain as first Ombudsman in the BCCI". The post has been vacant since then and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) had been asking the court for directions on a new appointment since Justice Shah's departure. He should assume charge at the earliest, the Court said. Justice Jain will look into the Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul talk-show controversy and decide the appropriate punishment as well as look into the disputes between state cricket associations in the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

During the hearing, Justice SA Bobde expressed his displeasure at Rai and Edulji airing their differences in public, and asked the amicus curiae PS Narasimha to instruct them not to do so. The SC also cautioned Vinod Rai, the CoA chief and his colleague Diana Edulji not to say undesired things in the public over various issues. "We have heard in newspaper reports that some sparring is going on between CoA members.tell them not to go public with their differences", the bench said, adding that it was partly aware of the issues concerning BCCI.

The amcius curiae said there is a need to appoint a third member to the CoA, which has been depleted after the exit of two of their members - Vikram Limaye and Ramachandra Guha.

Lawyer Parag Tripathi argued for CoA that they have been paying the "vendors" directly for the smooth conduct of matches. Narasimha suggested that reconstituting the CoA to an odd number could help solve potential deadlocks, and Bobde wondered aloud if there should be five members. "We only await Your Lordships' consent to hold the elections".

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