LAHORE - The Lahore High Court chief justice Wednesday dismissed a writ petition which had sought a permanent ban on four Pakistani cricketers involved in math-fixing, besides confiscation of their property and a high treason case against them for causing disgrace to the country and the nation at the international level. The petitioner, one Shakil Ahmad, had also prayed for suspending chairman PCB Ijaz Butt. LHC Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif dismissed the petition terming it an effort to earn cheap publicity. Last day, legal advisor to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Tufazzul Haider Rizvi told the court that permanent ban could not be imposed on any of the players as allegations of match fixing or spot fixing had not been proved against them. He pointed out that Scotland Yard had neither established any allegation against Pakistani players nor provided any evidence to the PCB against them and merely on the basis of allegations and presumptions, no action can be taken against any player. He said petition was liable to be dismissed as it was baseless. Petitioner counsel Chaudhry Ishtiaq Ahmad sought time to file additional material in support but the CJ turned down his request, observing that 15 days were given to the petitioner to file rejoinder to the reply of federal secretary sports but he failed to comply with the orders. The petitioner had named Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Amer for violating the Constitutional provision of allegiance to the state and indulged in spot fixing during the recent test match series against England. In reply to the petition on the behalf of the ministry, it was submitted that the inquiry against Pakistani cricketers for their alleged involvement in match fixing was still underway in London and the ministry would take appropriate action on receipt of final report from Pakistan High Commission in UK. The ministry submitted that the PCB was an autonomous body and it has been the policy of ministry not to intervene in its internal affairs. Ministry requested the court to dismiss the petition as not maintainable on the ground that it involved factual controversy, which cannot be decided under the writ jurisdiction. The ministry claimed that there is a judicial consensus that superior judiciary will not interfere in the policy matter of government. Woman die in road mishap A 50-year-old woman was crushed to death by a rashly driven vehicle here in Ravi Road area, police said on Wednesday. The police said that the woman, yet to be identified so far, was crossing the road when a speedy car ran over her, resulting in her on-the-spot death. The driver along with the driven managed to escape from the scene. The police have removed the body to the morgue and are investigating. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old boy was on his home when a recklessly driven vehicle hit him from the rear side here in Nolakha police vicinity. The police said that the deceased later identified as Muhammad Munir resident of McLeod Road, was on his way home when an unidentified vehicle ran over him. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he died later. The driver along with the driven managed to escape from the scene. The police are investigating.