Kale case: BCCI begins crucial meeting

Published: Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:The three-member disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) began its crucial meeting in Kolkata this afternoon to decide the fate of Maharashtra first class cricketer, Abhijit Kale, who is facing bribery charges.

BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who heads the committee, and the two vice presidents, Kamal Morarka and Ranbir Singh Mahendra, arrived at a city five-star hotel little after 1:00 pm for the meeting.

Even though a large posse of media persons were present in the hotel lobby, none of the committee members made any comment before the start of the meeting.

The meeting is expected to last for about two hours after which a formal announcement would be made about the action.

The committee has already concluded its hearing on the matter on May 15 and has now just to decide on the action to be taken against the tainted cricketer.

The crucial meeting was being held amidst reports that Kale in a letter to the Board has admitted the allegation that he tried to bribe his way into the Indian team.

Kale and the Board president, however, have refused to comment on the reports.

Kale has been accused by two national selectors, Pranab Roy and Kiran More, that he offered them Rs 10 lakh each for a berth in the Australia bound Indian team last year.

Kale had already been suspended from first class cricket till adjudication of the matter and the disciplinary committee issued show cause to him after framing charges on the basis of prima facie material found against him by a one-man enquiry commission headed by chairman of the Bar Council of India D V Subba Rao.

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