Kale case: BCCI forms disciplinary committee
Published: Saturday, December 6, 2003, 1:07 [IST]
BCCI mulls further action against Kale
Kolkata: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday constituted a three-member disciplinary committee to decide the fate of Abhijit Kale, accused of offering bribe to two national selectors. The disciplinary committee would be headed by BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya and include two vice-presidents, Kamal Morarka and Ranbir Singh Mahendra, according to an announcement by the BCCI in Kolkata. The first meeting of the disciplinary committee has been convened in Kolkata on December 11. The committee was constituted after the BCCI president received the report of the inquiry commissioner D V Subbar Rao on Thursday, the announcement said. Subba Rao found prima facie material to proceed further against Kale and referred his findings to the BCCI for subsequent action. The BCCI said the disciplinary committee was constituted in accordance with the relevant clauses of the rules and regulations of BCCI and the inquiry commission's report has been forwarded to it. A BCCI source said the decision of the committee would be final and binding. Generally, a disciplinary committee is given up to six months' time to take a final decision on any matter referred to it but in this case, the outcome is expected early, the source said. The BCCI opted for a very high-level committee in view of the importance of the issue and this was why three senior-most cricket administrators were included in it. Dalmiya, a former president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), is heading the BCCI for three years now while Mahendra of North Zone is a former secretary of the BCCI and currently one of the five vice-presidents. Morarka of Central Zone is also a veteran administrator. The bribery scandal came to light immediately after the final of the triangular series involving India, Australia and New Zealand in Kolkata last month. Two national selectors, Kiran More (West) and Pranab Roy (East), made a written complaint to the BCCI president alleging that Kale, a first class cricketer from Maharashtra, had offered them Rs 10 lakh each in return for a place in the Australia- bound Indian team. Based on their complaint, the BCCI suspended Kale on November 21 and appointed chairman of Bar Council of India D V Subba Rao as inquiry commissioner to look into the matter. Rao was asked to submit his report in two weeks. Rao's inquiry report was prepared after a day-long hearing at Vishakhapatnam on November 29 during which he heard Kale, More, Roy and also another national selector, Sanjay Jagdale.