Thatscricket - News - Delhi HC to hear Jadeja ~~fix~~ plea on May 9

Published: Thursday, March 29, 2001, 22:30 [IST]
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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will hear on May 9 a petition filed by cricketer Ajay Jadeja challenging a five-year ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for allegedly throwing matches and contesting a government notice asking him why the Arjuna Award conferred on him should not be withdrawn.The decision on Thursday came a day before the stylish batsman is to tie the knot with Aditi Jaitley, daughter of former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitley, who resigned as party chief over Website tehelka.com's expose on corruption in arms deals.Justice Vijender Jain adjourned the case after Kapil Sibal, counsel for BCCI president A C Muthiah and BCCI special commissioner K Madhavan, asked for more time to file their counter affidavits in response to Jadeja's petition. Maninder Singh, counsel for the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, sought a similar adjournment.The five-year ban was imposed on Jadeja by the BCCI following an in-house probe conducted by Madhavan after a report of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) held five Indian cricketers and some others guilty of match-fixing.The CBI, after a four-month probe last year into allegations, had named former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin and four others - Jadeja, Nayan Mongia, Manoj Prabhakar and Ajay Sharma - guilty of throwing matches. The BCCI had appointed K Madhavan, a former joint director of the CBI, to study the CBI report and recommend action. The BCCI subsequently banned Azharuddin and Sharma for life, slapped five-year bans on Jadeja and Prabhakar and exonerated Mongia.A dashing middle-order batsman, Jadeja is a descendant of the Ranjitsinhji family of Saurashtra that has contributed two illustrious cricketers who played for India - Ranjitsinhji and Duleepsinhji. Jadeja led India in the one-off Test against Bangladesh and in two matches during the 1996 WorldCup.India Abroad News Service

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