Kale case: Court to deliver order on Dec 12

Published: Saturday, December 6, 2003, 22:31 [IST]
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Pune: Additional District Judge B N Deshpande on Saturday posted to December 12, the order in Maharashtra cricketer Abhijit Kale's case pertaining to Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) appeal challenging the lower court's order which allowed him to play Ranji matches.

The court, by its interim order had quashed the lower court order that had stayed BCCI's decision to suspend him and allowed him to play Ranji matches.

Arguing the matter, the counsel for Kale, Manoj Wadekar said the cricketer would suffer an 'irreparable loss' if he was denied the opportunity to play as he was in the 'golden age' where his performance was at its peak.

Stating that the action of suspension was 'illegal' until the disciplinary committee found misconduct prima facie, he said Kale should be allowed to play Ranji Trophy matches. He said the president has the powers to suspend a player only if the disciplinary committee found something wrong. He said the cricketer was suspended even before the commencement of the inquiry.

Kale, who was present in the court, however, refused to speak on the matter saying that he would express his comment only after the verdict.

The BCCI lawyer M Hartalkar had earlier argued that the BCCI president had full powers to suspend a player pending inquiry and that the enquiry was deemed to have started the moment an inquiry officer was appointed and that there was nothing illegal in Kale's suspension.

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