Koffee with Karan row: Case registered against Karan, Pandya, Rahul in Jodhpur

Show cause notice to Pandya, Rahul for comments on women

Jodhpur: In fresh trouble for cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul and filmmaker Karan Johar over comments on women made on a television show, the police here have registered a case against them.

The two cricketers were made to sit out of the India-Australia ODI series and were briefly suspended by the BCCI after a row over their comments on chat show Koffee with Karan, which many thought were sexist and vulgar.

The FIR was lodged on the directions of a magistrate's court, Luni station house officer Bansi Lal said Wednesday.

Local resident D R Meghwal had approached the court seeking an order for the police to register a case against the three men.

The petitioner termed the remarks indecent and said they were made deliberately to increase the popularity of the show.

In his complaint, Meghwal said Johar deliberately presented content that humiliated women.

He referred to the content as promiscuous and gender-biased in nature.

Meghwal had filed another case against Pandya last year, complaining about the cricketer's alleged comments on Twitter against Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.

Pandya had rejected that allegation, saying the Twitter account did not belong to him.

After the row over the celebrity chat show, Hardik Pandya had apologised for his remarks.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India called the two players back from the Australia tour and placed them under suspension.

The suspension was lifted after the BCCI's Committee of Administrators approached the Supreme Court, asking it to appoint an ombudsman to inquire into the matter.

In a television interview, Johar too experessed regret saying he felt responsible for what the two cricketers were going through. Meanwhile, the BCCI has considered behavioural counselling for young cricketers.

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