Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were on Saturday fined Rs 20 lakh each by the BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain for their sexist comments on a popular TV chat show. In the order published on the official BCCI website, Justice DK Jain wrote that no further action will be taken against Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, who have already served a provisional suspension and tendered an unconditional apology for their loose comments on women.
Instead, he directed the 2019 World Cup-bound players to play a fine of Rs 20 lakh each that included a payment of Rs 1 lakh each to “each of the most deserving widows of ten constables in para-military forces who have lost their lives while on duty, through ‘Bharat Ke Veer App”.
BCCI Ombudsman Jain also instructed them 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 — April 19, 2019.
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.