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After making some controversial and sexist statements on Koffee with Karan, Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul faced a lot of public flak, that also resulted in them being suspended from the cricket team for a brief period of time. The suspension was later lifted owing to a pending inquiry by the Ombudsman appointed by the Supreme Court. Hardik had earlier apologized for his misogynistic comments on Twitter, but, of course, it fell on deaf ears.
Anyway, now the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took a serious step by slapping both the cricketers with a fine of Rs. 20 lakh each. The two players have been strictly instructed by the BCCI Ombudsman D K Jain to pay Rs. 1 lakh to each of the 10 families of the jawans who lost their lives serving the country. Apart from this, D K Jain has also ordered the cricketers to deposit Rs. 10 lakh each in the fund created by the Cricket Association for the blind. All payments are to be made within four weeks from the date of the order, i.e. April 19, 2019.
Post the incident, KWK host Karan Johar did appear on multiple platforms, saying that two have already paid their price and that he somehow feels responsible for the controversy. But, clearly, that wasn’t priced enough and this new step by the BCCI would hopefully set an example for one and all. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such updates.