Azhar petition hearing posted for Nov 1

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2001, 22:05 [IST]
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Hyderabad: A Civil Court in Hyderabad on Wednesday posted to November 1 the hearing on the main petition filed by former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin challenging life ban imposed on him by BCCI for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal.
 The second additional judge of City Civil Court J Shyamsundar Rao, on Wednesday, had issued orders partly allowing three interlocutary applications filed by BCCI, former BCCI president A C Muthiah and the BCCI's inquiry commissioner K Madhavan, seeking striking down of certain allegations by Azharuddin in his main petition on the ground that these were 'vexatious, scandalous and irrelevant'. The stylish Hyderabad batsman in his main petition filed in a lower court questioned the appointment and method of inquiry by Madhavan, terming Madhavan's probe, which formed the basis for initiating action against him, as 'malicious, illegal, arbitrary and biased' in favour of BCCI and sought the inquiry report to be treated as null and void. Azhar, who was critical of the life ban imposed on him by BCCI also questioned the competitiveness of its then president Muthiah, saying, "Muthiah being an industrialist suffers from lack of experience or knowledge of the game." Earlier, Ramesh Ranganathan, Sanjay Joshi and Suryanaryana, appearing on behalf of BCCI, Madhavan and Muthiah, all defendants, brushed aside charges levelled by Azhar saying these were 'baseless and irrelevant' and sought deletion of the charges.

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