How the Abhijit Kale drama unfolded

Published: Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Following is the chronology of events in the Abhijit Kale case culminating in his punishment on Wednesday.

Nov 18, 2003: Two selectors Pranab Roy and Kiran More complain to Board of Control for cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya that Maharashtra batsman Abhijit Kale had offered each of them bribe of Rs 10lakh for a berth in the Indian team for the Australia tour.

Nov 20: The matter becomes public as BCCI joint secretary Ratnakar Shetty discloses the selectors' complaint to the media. Kale denies the bribery allegations.

Nov 21: BCCI suspends Kale and appointed Bar Council of India chairman D V Subba Rao as commissioner of inquiry to find out whether there is a prima-facie case. Rao is asked to give his report within 15 days.

Nov 22: Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) asks BCCI to probe the selectors to find the authenticity of charges. BCCI says the inquiry commission is free to ask questions to the selectors. Kale appears before MCA's three-member inquiry committee and claims 'total innocence' in the matter.

Nov 23: MCA gives clean chit to Kale, asks selectors and the player to undergo lie-detector test.

Nov 24: Kale files a case in a district civil court in Pune against BCCI and MCA challenging the suspension order.

Nov 25: MCA backtracks its stand on the Kale issue, says he has 'lost' its confidence by moving court.

Nov 27: A Pune civil court begins hearing on Kale case.

Nov 28: Pune civil court restrains BCCI from barring Kale from playing matches without holding an inquiry.

Nov 29: The districts and sessions court in Pune stays a lower court order restraining BCCI from suspending Kale. The stay order follows BCCI's appeal against the lower court's order and plea for stay.

Subba Rao completes the preliminary probe into the scandal in Visakhapatnam. Kale and three selectors More, Roy and Sanjay Jagdale depose before the commission.

Dec 3: BCCI's inquiry commissioner D V Subba Rao sends his report to the BCCI.

Kale files an appeal in the Mumbai High Court challenging the order of Pune district court upholding his suspension by BCCI on the charge of allegedly bribing selectors.

Dec 4: BCCI inquiry commission finds prima facie material against Kale in the matter of alleged offer of bribes.

Mumbai High Court asks Kale to go back to Pune civil court on the issue of his suspension.

Dec 5: BCCI constitutes three-member disciplinary committee

Dec 11: BCCI disciplinary committee decides to show cause Kale and frames charges against him. Kale given 15 days time to reply.

Dec 12: The additional sessions judge's court in Pune sets aside the order of a lower court and upholds the suspension of Kale by BCCI.

Apr 29, 2004: BCCI disciplinary committee holds its first meeting on Kale but says more meetings would be held before a final decision. Kale, Roy and More appear before the panel.

May 15: The BCCI disciplinary committee concludes its hearing on Kale controversy and decides to convey its final decision within seven days.

June 2: BCCI bans Abhijit Kale from first-class cricket till December, 2004.

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