Pune Court upholds Kale~~s suspension

Published: Friday, December 12, 2003, 21:28 [IST]
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Pune: Setting aside the order of the lower court, the Additional Session Judge B N Deshpade on Friday upheld the suspension of cricketer Abhjit Kale by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Pune on Friday.

In view of this order, Kale will not able to play as the BCCI appeal against the lower court order, which had stayed the suspension order, has been set aside.

Kale had challenged the BCCI decision to suspend him from playing cricket in the wake of bribery allegations levelled by two selectors Kiran More and Pranob Roy recently. He had challenged the suspension on the grounds that the order of suspension issued by BCCI was 'illegal', 'arbitrary' and 'bad in law' as he was not given a hearing before suspension.

The cricketer also pleaded that he be allowed to play Ranji Trophy matches because he was officially selected by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) on merit.

In view of Kale's application, the lower court restrained the BCCI on November 28 from barring Kale from playing matches without holding an inquiry into the bribery allegation against him. The court had also directed BCCI not to implement the suspension order against the cricketer thereby allowing him to play cricket matches, including Ranji Trophy.

This order of the lower court was challenged by BCCI in the court of Additional Sessions Judge saying that the lower court had not interpreted the rules of BCCI properly and that there was nothing illegal in Kale's suspension.

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