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Board first, court next, says Jadeja

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Cricketer Ajay Jadeja says he intends to appeal in court against his punishment after making his last-ditch appeal before the Board.Participating in Star TV's Janata Ki Adalat, Jadeja when questioned why he had not approached the courts if he was innocent, he said in Hindi that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had not registered a case in court, if they had done so, we would have got an opportunity defend. The CBI went to the Board (Board of Control for Cricket in India, who have made a code of conduct of their own and now they have announced a punishment and have given us a final chance to appeal. So I cannot approach the court yet, as I still have an appeal pending. The day my appeal is turned down, I will definitely go to court and fight for my case.On charges about using political connections, Jadeja said, ''I would say I was punished only because the media highlighted my political connections. How do you say it is not a life ban for me? Some players don't play, others have retired, yet they have been given five year bans. What does this mean?''On his assets, Jadeja said, he had acquired these through honest means. ''Do you think we should not earn money? Nobody says the office in Defence Colony is a barsati. Only one of the 12 flats in Greater Kailash is mine, where I stay ...''Of the house in Cyprus, Jadeja said, ''It belongs to Jay Jadeja, of the royal family of Rajkot. He is a cousin and a director in my company... picking his diary they said you do all illegal business in the Jay's name. He has a passport, lives and works in Cyprus and they have said that house too is mine.'' Jadeja revealed that Azahruddin had told him during the DisciplinaryCommittee hearings, that he never told CBI that Ajay Jadeja andNayan Mongia had helped him to fix matches. As for Kapil Dev having referred to Jadeja's "dublious" connections, he said, ''Kapil Dev ji ki vocabulary main 'dubious' word nahi ho saktu hai, Unki English aisi nuhi hai ki unhone life mein bhi aisa word use kiya ho. Of course he (Kapil Dev) often, advised me not to stay out late at night or go todiscos, but he never told me, so and so is a bookie or a match-fixer.''Jadeja said he did not know Kishan Kumar and had never spoken to him during matches. He acknowledged acquaintance with Rajesh Kalra and Ratan Mehta socially, who he said visited the same health cluband restaurants as him. UNI

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