BCCI panel hearing on Kale case from May 15

Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would hold a two-day hearing on the bribery allegations against Maharashtra first class cricketer Abhijit Kale in Kolkata from May 15.

Kale, who has been accused of trying to buy his place into the Australia bound Indian team last year by offering bribes to two national selectors, would be present at the hearing.

BCCI sources said that during the last hearing in the city on April 29 Kale and the selectors concerned - Pranab Roy and Kiran More - had sought time to bring in witnesses to substantiate their respective claims.

''However, Kale has now said that he will take a decision on whether to bring in witnesses once his cross-examination was over,'' the sources said.

Asked whether a final decision on the issue was expected to be reached in the coming hearing, the sources said, ''It's difficult to say. It'll depend on the way the session progresses. It may well be that this part of the hearing maybe over on May 15 itself. But, we have kept the next day as reserve in case there is a need to extend the session''.

Kale, who appeared before the three-member committee last month, has expressed confidence that he would prove his innocence in the bribery charges against him.

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

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