BCCI undecided over Kale issue, to meet again

Published: Thursday, April 29, 2004, 21:58 [IST]
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Kolkata:The disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would hold a few more meetings before taking a final decision on the fate of Maharashtra first-class cricketer, Abhijit Kale, who is facingbribery charges.

"No decision has been taken today (Thursday) as we need to hold a few more meetings for hearing some witnesses," BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said immediately after the first meeting of the committee.

Asked when the next meeting would be held, he said, "it will be decided later."

Kale, who appeared before the three-member committee on Thursday, however, expressed confidence that he would prove his innocence in the bribery charges against him saying, "I am confident that I will come out clean whatever be the accusations against me."

Apart from Dalmiya, the other members of the committee are the two vice-presidents of the Board, Kamal Morarka and Ranbir Singh Mahendra.

Kale has been accused of allegedly offering Rs 10 lakh as bribe to two national selectors -- Kiran More (west) and Pranab Roy (east) -- for a berth in the Australia-bound Indian cricket team last November.

Roy and More also appeared before the meeting, which heard Kale's reply to the show cause issued against him after an earlier one-man inquiry committee found 'prima facie' material against him.

Kale has been suspended by the Board on November 21 last year based on the complaint by More and Roy.

The Board had appointed chairman of the Bar Council of India D V Subba Rao as inquiry commissioner to look into the matter and he had held a one-day hearing at Vishakhapatnam in which Kale and two national selectors had appeared.

Later on the basis of Rao's report, the Board's disciplinary committee framed charges against the cricketer and issued a show cause to him.

When Kale was approached for comments after the meeting he said, "the proceedings are still on and nothing has been concluded during today's meeting."

To a query on Thursday's proceedings, he said, "whatever has happened only the Board president can publicly disclose, it's not within my right to comment."

But he said that there was no separate interactions as he and the two selectors, Roy and More, met the three-member committee simultaneously.

The cricketer, however, reiterated his confidence of coming out clean from the crisis and said that the next meeting of the committee would be held in the next couple of weeks.

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