Ajit Chandila was yesterday meted the same treatment as his other Rajasthan Royals teammates S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah
The BCCI disciplinary committee that met yesterday at the Cricket Centre slapped Chandila with a life ban for his alleged involvement in the Indian Premier League spot fixing scandal. It also handed a five-year ban to Mumbai Ranji Trophy batsman Hiken Shah for an alleged corrupt approach to one of his teammates.
The decision has left Chandila furious. "They (BCCI disciplinary committee) are bigger than the judiciary. They behave as if they are God. Rules are broken and followed as per their (BCCI) convenience," an angry Chandila told mid-day.
According to the BCCI press release, Chandila was held "guilty of misconduct and corruption within Articles 2.1.1; Article 2.1.2; Article 2.1.3; Article 2.1.4; Article 2.2.2; Article 2.2.3; Article 2.4.1 of the BCCI Anti Corruption Code".
"I will challenge this order in court. The BCCI has based this case on Delhi police's chargesheet. The Delhi court has dropped those charges against me. So, on what basis have they decided to inflict a life ban on me? I have denied all the allegations against me to them (BCCI disciplinary committee).
"This is like a gang rape on me and my family. The names in the envelope submitted by Justice Mudgal are still kept a secret. I too have a name and family," Chandila said.
Chandila cannot play or represent cricket in any form. He also cannot be associated with any activities of the BCCI or its affiliates.
Meanwhile, Hiken Shah's lawyer Som Sinha hinted that they too would move the Bombay High Court, challenging the BCCI's order. "We are yet to receive a written order from the BCCI. We may move the High Court. However, we will decide our next course of action in a day or two," said Sinha.
Umpire Asad Rauf's request to appoint a new inquiry officer was rejected by the BCCI disciplinary committee. He has been given a final opportunity to present his case on or before February 9 before the committee takes the final decision on February 12.