BCCI hunts for its VP to decide Kale~~s fate

Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata :Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) three member disciplinary committee might take a final decision in the Abhijit Kale controversy in the next couple of days, Board president Jagmohan Dalmiya said in Kolkata on Wednesday.

However, the date of the final verdict would depend on the availability of BCCI vice-president Kamal Morarka, a key committee member, who returned home from abroad this evening.

''I'll have to see if he is free. If he has the time, then all three of us (including the other member Ranbir Singh Mahendra) will discuss the matter and try to arrive at a final decision in the next couple of days,'' said Dalmiya.

But the Board president said that he was now not in a position to announce whether the members would meet in person or hold a video conference.

Morarka, a key committee member, has been abroad for quite some time due to personal reasons and even failed to attend the final hearing on the issue that took place in the city 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 two selectors Pranab Roy and Kiran More that Kale had offered Rs 10 lakh to each of them to buy a place in the Australia-bound Indian team last year.

Based on the complaints, the Board suspended Kale and appointed chairman of the Bar Council of India D V Subba Rao as inquiry commissioner.

On receiving Rao's report, the disciplinary committee framed charges against the cricketer and issued a show cause to him.

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