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We'll object to any fishy evidence: Bhajji's Counsel

If indeed some fresh evidence weakens the case of Harbhajan and allows the ban to continue, the forthcoming triangular series could be in jeopardy.

cricket Updated: Jan 28, 2008 18:04 IST

Harbhajan Singh's counsel V R Manohar today made it clear that the Indian camp would oppose any "fishy" evidence that might be used against the off spinner to scuttle his defence during the two-day hearing.

ICC-appointed commissioner John Hansen, while laying down the procedure for the hearing, said "additional evidence" like transcript available from the stump microphone, could be admissible in the two-day hearing scheduled to begin tomorrow in Adelaide.

The Indians, however, are against the idea.

"Anything which is legal and for the purpose of doing justice, we ourselves will co-operate. But if something fishy is done in the guise of doing justice we will object," Manohar said.

Manohar was also confident that the present evidence was enough to save the troubled off-spinner.

"I am very optimistic about Harbhajan Singh's innocence. Whatever material is there at present, is innocuous and is in favour of Harbhajan Singh," he said.

If indeed some fresh evidence emerges which weakens the case of Harbhajan and allows the ban to continue, the forthcoming triangular series could be in jeopardy as the BCCI has time and again threatened to pull out of the tour over the issue.

Harbhajan was slapped with a three-match ban by Match Referee Mike Procter after the Sydney Test for allegedly racially abusing Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds whose point was supported by three members of his team.

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