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SC dismissed PIL to recall Indian cricket team from Australia

cricket Updated: Jan 28, 2008 18:53 IST
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Refusing to interfere in cricketer Harbhajan Singh's racial abuse case, the Supreme Court today dismissed a PIL seeking a direction to the Cricket Board to pull out the team from the tour of Australia.

"We do not entertain such petition. We will not pass any order," a Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan said after a brief hearing.

At the outset when the petition came for hearing, the Bench said "(the match) is over now. You still want to go ahead with your petition".

"Were you personally present there (Sydney). On newspaper reports you have gone to file the petition," said the Bench, also comprising Justices Tarun Chatterjee and R V Raveendran.

However, Prince Lenin, the Lucknow-based advocate who filed the PIL said same situation could arise again and the players would not be protected by the BCCI as it was interested only in making money.

"If they (players) feel unprotected, let them come to us," the Bench said.

"It's your personal feeling (on the basis of media reports). Some write in favour while some write against. These are the personal feeling of the reporters," the Bench said.

The advocate alleged that BCCI was concerned about money making process and it was hurting national sentiment by not protecting its players who were representing the nation.

Referring to the racial controversy involving the Indian off-spinner and Aussie all-rounder Andrew Symonds, he alleged that BCCI had failed to take immediate steps to prevent Indian players from being humiliated.

The Court, however, was not satisfied with his arguments.