Koffee with Karan controversy: Hardik and Rahul ordered to donate INR 20 Lakh each

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Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul to donate a sum of Rs 1 lakh each.
KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya Punishment
Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul to donate a sum of Rs 1 lakh each

The Ombudsman noted that the players had already missed out on earning of about Rs 30 lakh as they had been sent back from the tour of Australia. But he also noted that cricketers in the country are role models and their act should be befitting the status they have acquired.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman DK Jain on Saturday directed Hardik Pandya and opener KL Rahul to donate a sum of Rs 1 lakh each, to widows of 10 constables in paramilitary forces who have lost their lives on duty. The duo have to pay the fine as a punishment for the sexist comments they made on Karan Johar’s TV show Koffee with Karan.
Hardik and Rahul have also been asked to pay Rs 10 lakh each in the fund created by Cricket Association for the blind, for promotion of game for the blind within 4 weeks.

The controversy began when their interview on the show Koffee With Karan was aired in the first week of January. The two made remarks that led Vinod Rai, the head of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), which is running the BCCI right now, take immediate action. However, in the absence of an ombudsman or an ethics officer in the BCCI, an inquiry couldn’t take place and it was decided that the players can’t be suspended indefinitely.
The controversial episode was aired in the first week of January, triggering outrage, which prompted the COA to call the duo back from the tour of Australia, handing them provisional suspensions.
The two tendered unconditional apologies and their ban was provisionally lifted pending inquiry. Once Jain assumed his role, the COA handed over the matter to Ombudsman for the completion of inquiry.
The two players have also spoken publicly on the incident, recalling one of the toughest phases of their respective careers.

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