Khalid Latif plea dismissed by LHC against PCB

Khalid Latif plea dismissed by LHC against PCB

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday dismissed a petition filed by suspended cricketer Khalid Latif challenging the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Anti-Corruption Code and tribunal proceeding regarding PSL corruption allegations against him.

The single bench comprising Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza heard the petition.

Earlier, petitioner's counsel arguing before the court submitted that 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 contended. He further submitted that the PCB chairman did not have any power to form a tribunal.

However, PCB 's counsel Tufezal Rizvi submitted that the PCB Constitution was formulated under The Sports ( Development and Control) Ordinance 1962. As per PCB Constitution, the board was authorised to frame its rules, he added.

The lawyer further argued that the board of governors approved the Anti-Corruption Code to check spot-fixing and cheating practices in November 2015 and under the code, the chairman used his authority and formed the tribunal.

He pointed out that the petitioner-cricketer had already appeared before the tribunal.

The court, after hearing the arguments, agreed with the stance of the PCB 's counsel and dismissed the petition.

Latif has 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)

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