Lahore August 1, 2017: In relation to the proceedings brought by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) against Khalid Latif pending before The Anti-Corruption Tribunal it had been agreed with the consent of both parties that written arguments would be submitted respectively by PCB and Khalid Latif by 26th July 2017.
On 26th July 2017 PCB submitted its written arguments whereas Khalid Latif submitted four miscellaneous applications to the following effect:
- Application for supply of video recording of evidence of PCB’s witnesses;
- Application for supply of attested copies of documents produced by PCB’s witnesses and copy of written arguments of PCB;
- Application for recalling of PCB Witnesses for cross examination; and
- Application for adjournment of proceedings till disposal of the miscellaneous Applications.
The Anti-Corruption Tribunal has after deliberations decided all four Applications through a detailed written order sent to both PCB and Khalid Latif.
The Application for supply of video recording of evidence of PCB’s witnesses has been dismissed with an observation that the same seems to have been filed with an attempt to delay the Tribunals’ proceedings. A similar Application requesting video recordings of the Tribunal’s proceedings was also made earlier by Khalid Latif and rejected by the Tribunal.
The second Application for supply of attested copies of documents produced by PCB’s witnesses and copy of PCB’s written arguments has been allowed by the Tribunal in the interest of justice and the required documents have been sent to Khalid Latif.
The third Application for recalling of PCB Witnesses for cross examination has been dismissed due to the failure of Khalid Latif to point out any provision of the Anti-Corruption Code which allows such recalling.
The Tribunal noted that Khalid Latif voluntarily and willfully chose not to cross examine the PCB witnesses, electing instead to boycott the proceedings despite being aware of the fact that PCB witnesses were in the process of adducing evidence.
The fourth Application for adjournment of proceedings till disposal of the miscellaneous Applications was allowed. With the disposal of all pending Applications, the Tribunal has directs Khalid Latif to file final written arguments by 9th August 2017 failing which the matter will be decided on the basis of material already available on record, without granting any further adjournment within 30 days as mandated by the Code for Participants.