Justice (retd.) DK Jain appointed Ombudsman for BCCI under new Constitution

Justice (retd.) DK Jain appointed Ombudsman for BCCI under new Constitution

Justice (retd.) DK Jain appointed Ombudsman for BCCI under new Constitution

The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed retired Supreme Court judge Justice D.K. Jain as the first ombudsman under the new BCCI Constitution approved by the apex court in a judgment on August 9 previous year.

During the hearing, the Court also expressed its displeasure with the "sparring" between members of Committee of Administrators (CoA) of BCCI. "We accordingly appoint Justice (retired) DK Jain as first Ombudsman in the BCCI".

The bench comprising Justices SA Bobde and AM Sapre said: "We are happy that by consent of the parties and the suggestions, the name of retired Justice DK Jain has been agreed to be appointed as the Ombudsman in the BCCI". 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.

The Court also asked Amicus Curiae Sr Adv P S Narasimha to advise CoA members of which Diana Edulji and Vinod Rai are members, not to fight in open. The decision regarding the same would, however, be taken by the Bench in Chamber, Justice Bobde said. "Tell them not to go public with their differences".

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The court said it has "someone in mind" and chose to discuss the name with the parties in the privacy of their judicial chambers.

Narasimha told the court that three-fourths of the journey in the BCCI matter has already been traversed and the remaining stretch appears to be the most hard.

At one point, senior advocate Parag Tripathi, for the CoA, informed the court that "everything is done".

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