Kale appeals in HC against court order

Published: Wednesday, December 3, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: Maharashtra cricketer Abhijit Kale on Wednesday filed an appeal in the Mumbai high court challenging an order of Pune district court upholding his suspension by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on the charge of allegedly bribing selectors. Kale urged that pending the BCCI inquiry into these allegations, he may be allowed to play matches including the December 9 Ranji trophy match. He pleaded that BCCI should be directed to complete the inquiry within the stipulated time frame. Justice Dilip Bhosale, however, deferred his appeal until Thursday as the report of BCCI inquiry was awaited. Kale's lawyer Janak Dwarkadas pleaded that pending the BCCI inquiry, the cricketer may be allowed to play the matches. The suspension was a stigma on his career. BCCI's lawyer and Advocate General Goolam Vahanvati said pending a preliminary inquiry Kale had been suspended and BCCI had a right to take such action. Kale's argument that suspension was a stigma on his career was unfounded, he argued. Kale had been suspended by the BCCI on the charge of allegedly offering bribes of Rs 10 lakhs each to selectors Kiran More and Pranab Roy. On November 24, he filed a suit in Pune civil court challenging his suspension. The court stayed BCCI's decision to suspend him and allowed him to play the matches. BCCI, however, filed an appeal in Pune district court which quashed the lower court order. In effect, Kale's suspension was upheld and being aggrieved against the district court order he filed an appeal in high court.

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