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Pak High Court suspends spot-fixing hearing

Published: Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 15:04 [IST]
 
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Spot-fixing hearing postponed

The Lahore High Court(LHC) has suspended a hearing into the spot-fixing allegations against Pakistani cricketers until September 22 as the PCB chairman and the players charged failed to appear before the court on Tuesday.

Chief justice of Lahore High Court Khawaja Mohammad Sharif suspended the hearing after a sports ministry official said the case was premature while investigations were ongoing.

Pakistan Cricket Board legal advisor, Talib Rizvi said since chairman Ijaz Butt and the players were in England they couldn't appear in person and he represented the board.

"The deputy attorney-general appeared in court on behalf of the ministry of sports and informed the court that since the cricket board was an independent body the ministry couldn't interfere directly in its matters," Rizvi said according to PTI reports.

The LHC has summoned the PCB chief, players and ministry of sports officials to hear a petition calling for the players alleged to be involved in spot-fixing to face treason charges.

Lawyer Ishtiaq Ahmed filed the petition in the High Court last week to initiate treason proceedings against players who are being investigated by the Scotland Yard for alleged spot fixing on the current tour of England.

Since then the International Cricket Council has already suspended the three suspected players -- Test captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer.

Ishtiaq today pressed the court to issue a notice to Ijaz Butt but judge Sharif declined pointing out that since the ministry of sports had submitted its arguments he (Ishtiaq) should study it and submit his remarks at the next hearing.

Ishtiaq has maintained that he wanted to see the players banned and their assets seized as they had brought a bad name to the country and the image of the sport.

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