LHC dismisses Khalid Latif plea against PCB
LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench on Thursday declined request to stop Pakistan Cricket Board's tribunal proceedings against suspended cricketer Khalid Latif.
The bench headed by Justice Shahid Karim heard the intra court appeal (ICA) filed by Khalid Latif challenging Pakistan Cricket Boards's (PCB) Anti-Corruption Code and tribunal proceeding regarding PSL corruption allegations against him.
However, the bench issued notice to the board and sought reply till June 13.
Earlier, appellant's counsel submitted that the LHC single bench had dismissed the petition filed by Khalid Latif against PCB Anti-Corruption Code and tribunal proceeding regarding PSL corruption allegations against him.
He contended that the single bench orders were not sustainable in the eyes of law. He submitted that the PCB's Anti-Corruption Code had status of law and it was mandatory to notify the same in the gazette of Pakistan. Since it was not notified in the gazette,therefore, it was illegal and without any force, he submitted.
He submitted that the PCB chairman did not have any power to form a tribunal. The court was requested to set aside the LHC single bench order as well as tribunal proceedings. The court was also requested to suspend the tribunal proceedings till the final decision of the appeal.
However, the bench declined the request to stop the PCB tribunal proceedings and issued notice for June 13 to the board and sought reply.
Latif had been charged for breaching Articles 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 of the PCB's Anti-Corruption Code. He faces five charges on counts relating to fixing and failure to report it, and another charge of attempting to lure other players to fixing.
The tribunal, set up to hear the alleged corruption charges against the players, is headed by retired Justice Asghar Haider and comprises former PCB chairman retired Lt.
Gen. Tauqir Zia and former Test captain Wasim Bari. (APP)