KOLKATA: The ongoing arbitration proceedings between Mohun Bagan and Indian captain Baichung Bhutia got murky with the former alleging that the player is “abusing the process of law” by practicing with the rival club East Bengal.

The law firm, Suri & Company, representing Mohun Bagan submitted on Thursday a letter questioning the players recent conduct to senior advocate Amarendra Sharan, who is the arbitrator appointed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to resolve the issue.

Quoting news in the media Mohun Bagan said the player had donned East Bengal jersey and had a prolonged practice session with its rival on Wednesday. “The conduct of Mr. Baichung Bhutia and East Bengal club tantamount to complete abuse of the process of law and also amounts to contempt of the present proceedings,” said the Mohun Bagan letter.

Bhutia’s practice issue came up just after the arbitrator went through a series of hearing with the club, player and their counsels before reserving the order for a future date.

“Baichung is in the second year of his two-year contract with us. How can he go to any other club to practice in complete contravention to the agreement,” said Mohun Bagan secretary Anjan Mitra. — Principal Correspondent

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