Thatscricket - News - No animosity against Jadeja, Azhar: BCCI
Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
'Jadeja's petition not maintainable in law'
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New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday said it has no animosity against cricketers like Ajay Jadeja and Mohammed Azharuddin, who were imposed five-year and life ban respectively by it from playing competitive cricket for their alleged involvement in match-fixing.The BCCI, through its counsel Kapil Sibal, told Justice Mukul Mudgal's court that the cricketers were handed out bans because there was a reasonable doubt on their conduct. ''They were icons and there was a public outcry against them,'' he added.The Board made its decision based on reasonable suspicion, it could base its assumptions on material which could be good enough to create doubts in its mind but not necessarily admissible in a court of law.On Wednesday, the BCCI submitted in the court that the writ petition moved by Jadeja was not maintainable in law.The Board, through the counsel of its chairman K K Venugopal, said the Board was not 'State', as defined under article 12 of the constitution, so the civil writ petition filed, under article 226 of the constitution, by the cricketer was infructuous. A writ under article 226 could only be issued against the state, he said.Mr Venugopal said the Board was only a society affiliated with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Jadeja could at best file a civil suit and fight the case in the realm of contract. UNI