- Supreme Court has set aside BCCI disciplinary committee's order of 2013 imposing life ban on cricketer S Sreesanth.
- The court also asked the BCCI (Board for Control of Cricket in India) to consider a fresh punishment for the former India pacer within the next 3 months.
- The cricketer had been charged in the spot-fixing scandal during IPL 2013.
The Supreme Court has set aside the life ban imposed on former India fast bowler S Sreesanth for his involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case. It was confirmed on Friday (March 15).
The court also asked the BCCI (Board for Control of Cricket in India) to consider a fresh punishment for the former India pacer within the next three months. The court, however, rejected Sreesanth’s plea that he should not be punished at all because he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case.
The BCCI argued that the ban imposed was “fully sustainable in law”. Salman Khurshid, Sreesanth’s lawyer, told the two-member bench – comprising of Justices Ashoka Bhushan and KM Joseph – the only fault the pacer had committed was to not disclose the wrongdoings to the board.
Supreme Court sets aside life ban on S Sreesanth. Asks BCCI to reconsider the quantum of punishment @IndianExpress
— Ananthakrishnan G (@axidentaljourno) March 15, 2019
Khurshid had said, “Life ban given to Mohammed Azharuddin (former India captain) was overturned. Pakistan’s Salim Malik got a life ban but it was overturned. Hansie Cronje was given life ban but he died in a plane crash when proceedings were not closed.”
[Tweet “”If at all he is guilty of anything, it is for failure to disclose about fixing, etc, despite having knowledge. That will make him guilty only of the least punishable offence. There is nothing on record to warrant a lifetime ban.””]
‘Huge Lifeline’ given by lifting the ban: Sreesanth
Top court ends life ban on Sreesanth, asks BCCI to reconsider punishment
— NDTV Videos (@ndtvvideos) March 15, 2019
“The life ban has been lifted and that’s a big thing,” Sreesanth said after the ruling.
“The court has given me a huge lifeline and I am happy with the opportunity given to me,” said the bowler who was 13 short of 100 test wickets when he was banned.
“There are so many leagues happening all around the country and cricket is my bread and butter. To take care of my family I need cricket back.”
A brief background on Sreesanth’s ban over spot-fixing
In the IPL spot-fixing controversy, the focus has been on S Sreesanth throughout. But there were two more cricketers arrested by Delhi Police.
What happened to them? https://t.co/xyvpKZpd9z
— Express Sports (@IExpressSports) March 15, 2019
In May 2013, Sreesanth, who was playing for Rajasthan Royals, and his teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested by the Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing controversy that shook Indian cricket. All three players were later banned for life by the BCCI.
In 2015, Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan were cleared of spot-fixing charges after a Delhi trial court found that there was no prima facie evidence to prove that they had been involved in any wrongdoing. Also, there was insufficient evidence under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
On October 2017, a division bench of the Kerala High Court had reimposed the life ban on Sreesanth after a petition from the BCCI. Earlier, a single-judge bench of the court had revoked the ban and had ordered BCCI to lift the ban.
Sreesanth had also argued that the inquiry team formed by BCCI had submitted the final report without giving him a chance of hearing.
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