It is confirmed that prominent defence Barrister Ravi Sukul of Balham Chambers, South London, has been directed by Muhammad Asif to represent him in all matters that relate to the cricketer’s appeal against sentence.
Ravi Sukul told the Media that he only confirmed that Balham Chambers will be guilty for the preparation and presentation of Asif’s appeal against conviction & sentence.
“My professional services would be provided under the Bar Council’s Direct Access rules.
That means that there is no requirement for me to be instructed by a solicitor.
I am solely responsible for all matters that relate to the appeal,” he added, confirming that appeal documentation has been filed with the Criminal Appeals Office at the Court of Appeal.
Muhammad Asif’s appeal hearing will be delayed by a short period by reason of the change of his legal representatives.
This scribe expects the basis of Asif’s appeal would include the argument that the Judge may have fallen into error in some of the rulings he made during the trial. Other grounds would be filed in support of Asif’s appeal.
Whilst the grounds of appeal are confidential so far, they are expected to release in due course.
The media has been informed that Mrs. Savita Sukul, the principal solicitor and proprietor of SJS Solicitors in South London, has been instructed to act for, and represent Muhammad Asif in his immigration matters.