Court reserves judgement on Malik~~s life ban appeal

Published: Monday, May 20, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: A court in Pakistan on Monday reserved judgement on former Pakistan cricket captain Salim Malik's appeal against a life ban from the game, court sources said on Monday.

"The arguments on Malik's revision appeal were concluded and Justice Karamat Bhandari of Lahore High court has reserved the judgement on the appeal," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) lawyer Asgher Haider said. "The judgement may be announced later on Monday or Tuesday morning," he said. Malik was banned after an inquiry conducted by Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyam found evidence of his involvement in match-fixing. "PCB's contention was that section 9 of Commission Act 1956 prohibits civil courts from exercising any jurisdiction in the matter," Haider said. "Malik's appeal was rejected in civil court last year, then Malik filed a revision appeal which we believe was not competent," he said. The player argued that he was banned without being given a chance to clarify his position. "Justice Qayyam heard everyone and then compiled his report and the Qayyam report has attained finality because it was not challenged in the last two years," Haider said. Malik's lawyer Raja Jahanzeb Akhtar said his client's appeal was permitted under the Law. "We still believe that Malik was banned and was condemned unheard and we have made a lot of references of such cases," Akhtar said. "The decision banning Malik was on the basis of an inquiry which did not have the jurisdiction of appeal."

Operational part of the Qayyam report
Focus: Match-fixing

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