DK Jain’s term extended as BCCI officer & ombudsman

Former Supreme Court judge DK Jain or Devinder Kumar Jain will continue as BCCI’s ethics officer and ombudsman after getting a one-year extension from the cricket Board, media reports said.

Jain was appointed by the Supreme Court in February 2019 as BCCI’s first ever ombudsman. He was later given the additional role of ethics officer. His term had ended on February 29 this year but his contract was renewed only last week, reported PTI.

“I resumed office last week and it is another one-year term as ethics officer and ombudsman. Considering the COVID-19 situation, I will be conducting hearings virtually,” Jain told PTI’s Bharat Sharma.

Jain still has pending cases to close. He has not yet given his verdict on conflict of interest accusations against Mayank Parikh, a former liaison officer of the Indian cricket team. One of the complaints against Parikh was that he ran six clubs in Mumbai .

“Parikh’s case has been pending and expect it to be closed shortly,” added Jain.

Jain’s tenure in 2019 had started with the “Koffee with Karan” controversy involving KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, who were called back from the tour of Australia and suspended for making loose comments on women during the chat show.

He had also heard ‘conflict of interest’ cases involving former Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members Sachin Tendulkar, now BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. A similar complaint was also filed against Word Cup winning captain Kapil Dev but was later rendered infructuous.

Background

Jain is former Judge of Supreme Court of India. He is also former and 26th Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court and a Judge of Delhi High Court.

After completing B.Sc. and LL.B, he enrolled as an Advocate at Delhi on 9 August 1974. He was appointed as the Additional Judge of the Delhi High Court on 19 March 1991 and become a permanent Judge from 23 January 1992.

He was promoted as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on 11 March 2005. He was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India on 10 April 2006. He retired as the Supreme Court judge on 24 January 2013 and during the tenure he delivered 135 judgments. He was appointed as the first court-appointed ombudsman for the Board of Cricket Control in India on 29 February 2019.

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