Hyderabad: A civil court in Hyderabad on Thursday posted to November 12 the hearing on the main petition filed by former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin, challenging life ban imposed on him by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal. Following a request by Azhar's counsel who sought time to file amended plaint in the wake of the court's directive to him last month to strike off certain allegations that he had made in his main suit against former BCCI president A C Muthiah and BCCI inquiry commissioner K Madhavan, the Judge J Shyamsundar Rao adjourned the case. The judge had issued orders on October 17 partly allowing three interlocutory applications filed by BCCI, former Board president A C Muthiah and the Board's inquiry commissioner K Madhavan, seeking striking down of certain charges 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 had 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'. Extras: Post your views