Bhajji slapping row: Inquiry to begin

Updated: 03 May 2008 10:19 IST

The inquiry ordered by the Board of Control for Cricket in India into the Harbhajan slapping episode is set to begin.

New Delhi:

The inquiry ordered by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) into the Harbhajan slapping episode is set to begin.

Harbhajan Singh has submitted an explanation to the BCCI in a letter sent on Monday night in response to a show-cause notice. He is believed to have pleaded guilty in that letter.

Advocate Sudhir Nanavati, who has been appointed as commissioner to conduct the inquiry, says he will call Harbhajan, Sreesanth and others concerned with the incident in the next 15 days and submit his report to the cricket board's disciplinary committee.

Meanwhile, speaking exclusively to NDTV, Farokh Engineer, the match referee who has banned Bhajji from playing 11 matches for the slapping, says he is now hoping that the BCCI would be lenient with Harbhajan.

He said that Harbhajan had already got a harsh enough punishment.

Engineer also made it clear that Sreesanth was no angel even though he had not provoked Harbhajan.

Farokh Engineer conducted the inquiry under the Indian Premier League (IPL) rules, while Nanavati's inquiry will be under BCCI's code of conduct.

Topics : Cricket Harbhajan Singh
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