Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Sreesanth thanks SC for setting aside BCCI’s life ban

Sreesanth thanks SC for setting aside BCCI’s life ban

The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) disciplinary committee's order imposing a life ban on fast bowler S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph said the BCCI's disciplinary committee may reconsider, within three months, the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth.

Although in July 2015, the Patiala House Court dropped the charges against the 36 accused in the scandal, the BCCI refused to reverse its disciplinary order against Sreesanth based on evidence. The role of Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra also comes under under scanner. His team-mate and Mumbai spinner Ankeet Chavan is also given the same punishment. However, the court rejected Sreesanth's plea that he should not be punished at all because he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case.

The BCCI action followed the arrest of Sreesanth and the others by Delhi Police for alleged promises made to bookmakers during the 2013 IPL.

Sreesanth said to the media, "It's a huge relief". In its judgment, a Division Bench of Chief Justice Navniti Prasad Singh notes that the court could not hold the judicial view of the life ban imposed by the cricketing body.

The BCCI had on February 28 told the apex court that the life ban imposed on Sreesanth was "fully sustainable in law" as he had "tried to influence" a match.

"This is a Supreme Court order and obviously a call needs to be taken". Khurshid argued that Sreesanth should have been penalised with a five-year ban at the most for not reporting the approach made by bookies, an offence under the BCCI's code of conduct.

The apex court a year ago asked the Delhi High Court to decide expeditiously the appeal filed by the Delhi Police challenging a trial court order discharging several accused, including Sreesanth.

August 27, 2018: The Supreme Court decides to hear Sreesanth's appeal after eight weeks. It's six years and I haven't played cricket, which was my life.I hope that the BCCI respects the verdict of the country's highest court and allows me to at least get back to the cricket field.

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