New Delhi:The arbitrator, appointed to decide on Bhaichung Bhutia suspension row, on Saturday granted interim relief to the national football captain allowing him to play "for any club of his choice" until a final verdict is passed.
The interim order passed by former additional Solicitor General Amarendra Sharan has cleared the decks for Bhutia to play for East Bengal in the I-League starting October 1.
Bhutia, who signed an MoU with East Bengal after being suspended by Mohun Bagan, will have to give an undertaking within two weeks to serve the remaining two and a half months of suspension if the judgment goes against him.
"Bhutia is allowed to play for any club of his choice until a final award is passed subject to furnishing an undertaking within two weeks from today that in the event of final award being passed against Bhutia, he shall undergo the rest of period of suspension and refund the amount equivalent to the salary for the period of suspension," Sharan wrote in his 14-page interim order on Bhutia's application for interim relief.
Bhutia has already served three-and-half months suspension since June 8.
Sharan, in a separate nine-page, order also rejected Mohun Bagan's application that the proceedings before him were not arbitration but conciliation.
Bhutia was obviously a relieved man after three and half months of frustration.