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Thatscricket - News - BCCI asked to file reply in weeks time

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 0:00 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to file its reply within a week to banned cricketer Ajay Jadeja's writ petition against the BCCI's five-year ban on him playing competitive cricket.Justice Mukul Mudgal told counsel for the chairman of the Board K K Venugopal to reply on the merits of the case as the court had not received any arguments from the BCCI on the main issue raised in the case and only points relating to the maintainability of the case had come up and were being discussed.On Wednesday Jadeja's counsel P P Malhotra submitted that the scope of Article 226 of the constitution, through which a writ of Mandamus had been sought, was very wide and covered pleas for remedy against not only the government and its agencies but also any individual or a body performing public duty under the statute or any charter or contract.On July 12, the BCCI had said it has no animosity against banned cricketers like Ajay Jadeja and Mohammad Azharuddin, on whom imposed five-year and life ban respectively was imposed by it from playing competitive cricket for their alleged involvement in match-fixing.The BCCI, through its counsel Kapil Sibal, told Justice 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 July 11, the BCCI submitted in the court that the writ petition moved by Jadeja was not maintainable in law. Mr 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.Jadeja had filed a writ petition, in February this year, against the five-year ban on him to play cricket imposed by the BCCI. Mr Malhotra said he was entitled to file the suit as the Board was 'performing the functions of the state' as it received government land on subsidised rates, earned money from such land, received tax concessions, got security cover and performed the state's function of promoting sports (cricket).Jadeja's counsel said there were no charges of match-fixing or under-performance against his client and merely knowing somebody who was a punter was no crime. According to a report submitted by the CBI on October 31 last year, Jadeja is alleged to have established close contacts with bookies for fixing cricket matches.The court, meanwhile, asked the Union of India to give a clear cut view of whether it held BCCI as performing the functions of the state or not. The government had held divergent views in the high court and the apex court.The BCCI, in December last year, had imposed a life ban on former captain Mohammad Azharuddin and a five-year ban on Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Sharma and Jadeja for their alleged involvement in match-fixing.The cricketers are also barred from holding any positions in cricket governing bodies or their affiliates. UNI

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