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Spot-Fixing Scandal: Sharjeel appears before anti-corruption tribunal

Lahore: Suspended cricketer Sharjeel Khan appeared before the anti-corruption tribunal on Friday; despite the notice Khalid Latif was not present in the hearing because of his illness. 

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption tribunal started hearing the spot-fixing case from today. The bench was constituted on three members and headed by Justice (retd) Asghar Haider while others are Lt Gen (retd) Touqir Zia and former Test cricketer Wasim Bari.

The tribunal has adjourned proceedings related to Latif till 11:30 am on March 31.

The tribunal had agreed to adopt the procedure under the anti-corruption code.

Sharjeel’s counsel told that issues related to the spot-fixing allegations and the defence would be dealt later in other proceedings.

The PCB would submit opening brief detailing charges along with the evidence to be relied on by April 14. It was said by the cricket bard that Sharjeel would be provided full opportunity to respond by May 5 and the PCB may, at its discretion, it would file a reputation by May 10.

The final hearing will held from May 15 on a day-to-day basis.

Sharjil and Khalid had challenged the charge sheet filed against them. They admitted that they were having contacts with bookies but solely refused to get any monetary benefits from them. After completion of the cricket board’s inquiry; FIR would be launched.

PCB and FIA Clash:

The board will send data to the investigation agency after completing its investigations. The agency could then initiate its action against criminals.

Clash between Pakistan Cricket Board and Federal Investigation Agency has also been resolved in the meeting held between authorities of both bodies. The session was being held after the investigation of Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan.