Bangalore, Jan 29: Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh has been cleared of racial abuse after the charges against him were dropped, said Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a statement issued today.
"The racial abuse charges have been dropped," BCCI board secretary Niranjan Shah said. "It is finished. The punishment is only for using obscene language." ICC Appeals Commissioner Justice Hansen found Harbhajan not guilty under the ICC Code of Conduct Level 3.3 offence - racial abuse - but however the temperamental Punjab offie was convicted for the wrong doing under Level 2.8 - for abusing - meant three-Test ban was revoked and instead was fined 50 per cent of match (SCG Test) fee.
Curtains brought down to the issue which marred the great game of cricket at SCG. And tour is on now.
ICC Appeals Commissioner Justice Hansen heard both the parties for about five hours at the Federal Court in Adelaide.
Harbhajan was represented by a legal luminary from Nagpur Vasant Manohar.
Earlier Harbhajan was handed a three-Test ban by match referee Mike Procter after being found guilty of racially abusing Symonds during the acrimonious Sydney Test earlier this month.
Harbhajan was found guilty of "using language or gestures that offends, insults, humiliates, intimidates, threatens, disparages or vilifies another person on the basis of that person's race, religion, gender, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin" on day three of the match.
Bhajji is alleged to have called Symonds a 'monkey' -deemed as racist remark in aboriginal-dominated Australian.
Harbhajan appealed against Procter's decision and ICC appointed a New Zealand High Court judge Justice John Hansen to look into appeal.
ICC and CA was under tremendous pressure to resolve issue as BCCI was adamant that Bhajji be cleared of racial charges else India will call-off tour Down Under.