Dalmiya ducks queries on Kale~~s confessions

Published: Friday, May 21, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will take a final decision on the Abhijit Kale bribery issue next week after disciplinary committee member Kamal Morarka returns from abroad.

''We cannot take the decision till he returns. The three-member disciplinary committee will either meet or hold a video or tele-conference,'' BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said.

Dalmiya and BCCI vice-president Ranbir Singh Mahendra are the other members of the disciplinary committee constituted to decide the fate of the Maharashtra player who had allegedly offered bribes of Rs 10 lakh each to two national selectors Pranab Roy and Kiran More for a place in the Australia-bound Indian team last year.

Morarka was unable to attend the final hearing on the issue that took place in Kolkata on May 15.

The bribery issue, the biggest scandal to rock Indian cricket since the betting controversy, came to light in mid-November following complaints lodged by the two selectors with Dalmiya.

Based on the complaints, the Board appointed chairman of the Bar Council of India D V Subba Rao as inquiry commissioner and on receiving his report, the disciplinary committee framed charges against the cricketer and issued a show cause to him.

Dalmiya refused to comment when asked whether the Board has received a letter from Kale where he has reportedly admitted to having tried to influence the selectors for a place in the national squad. ''I am neither saying yes, not sayingno,'' he said.

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