ANDHRA PRADESH

Azharuddin's plea dismissed

HYDERABAD Jan. 28. The Second Additional Chief Judge of City Civil Court, Hyderabad, M. Vijayalaxmi, on Monday dismissed the petition filed by former Indian skipper, Mohd. Azahruddin, seeking to refer the life ban imposed by the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) to arbitration.

Mr. Azharuddin field the civil suit before the court challenging the life ban pursuant to Madhavan committee's report in the match fixing scandal. Ajay Jadeja, against whom a five- year ban was imposed, approached the Delhi High Court challenging the order. He also filed an application to refer the matter to the arbitrator following which the BCCI gave its consent.

The arbitrator on Monday quashed BCCI order imposing ban on Jadeja. Azhar filed a petition under section 89 of Civil Procedure Code seeking to refer the matter to arbitrator in November 2002 citing Jadeja's case. However, in Azhar's case, the BCCI opposed the plea. After hearing both sides, the judge dismissed the petition. But, the main suit is still pending with the court.

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