Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, young cricketers at the peak of their career recently appeared on an episode of Koffee With Karan Season 6. But all did not go as planned and the two were immediately called out by the BCCI after social media backlash for comments that were said to be 'racist,' 'misogynist' and 'sexist'. Soon after, they were suspended and taken off the team. However, once the case was taken under scrutiny, their suspension was lifted until the court's orders come in. “Since the adjudication of all allegations of misconduct against any cricketer registered with, inter alia, the BCCI is required to be undertaken by the BCCI Ombudsman, whose appointment is pending directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the CoA is the of the view that the interim suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 should be presently lifted with immediate effect,” the CoA said in a statement.
“The above matter and decision has been taken with the concurrence of the Learned Amicus Curiae, Mr. PS Narasimha. In view of the above, the suspension orders dated 11.01.2019 is immediately lifted pending appointment and adjudication of the allegations by the BCCI Ombudsman,” they informed.
But the trouble is far from over, as another case has been filed in Jodhpur against the three parties involved, Karan Johar, Hardik Pandya, and KL Rahul. After the episode aired, Hardik issued a public apology about the insensitive remarks he made on the show.
When asked about the same, Karan Johar in a recent interview expressed his apologies and stated that his intention was never to hurt anyone's sentiments. “I have to say that I feel very responsible because it was my show, it was my platform. I invited them as guests and so the ramifications and repercussion of the show are my responsibility. I have had so many so many sleepless nights, wondering about how I can undo this damage, who is gonna listen to me. It’s now gone into a zone which is beyond my control.”
“The questions I asked to the two boys are the questions I ask everyone including women. When Deepika and Alia were on the show, I have asked them the same. I have no control over the answers that come my way. I have a control room of 16 to 17 girls. The show Koffee With Karan is entirely run by women, I’m the only man there. None of them came up. Some thought he was wild, he was crazy, he’s crack, he’s mad. They said he’s funny. No one came and told me it was inappropriate, maybe you should reflect on it,” he further added.
Ouch, our office full of women found the episode quite offensive, so maybe you should reflect on that. Your classic case of 'boys will be boys' is getting old.
When asked by the news agency if he was doing this for TRPs, Karan denied his love for gossip with, “It’s not about my career, It’s theirs. Perhaps things crossed boundaries, I apologise since it was my platform. I suppose that the boys have paid the price for it already.”
Let's wait and see what the verdict for the case is.
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