IPL Spot-fixing case: Supreme Court sets aside life ban on Sreesanth

SC lifts Sreesanth’s life ban, its BCCI’s call now

India's Supreme Court on Friday set aside the life ban imposed on S Sreesanth by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

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. A single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban imposed on the 35-year-old cricketer by the BCCI and had set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the board. He has already served six years ban for alleged involvement in match-fixing. "The court has given me a huge lifeline and I am happy with the opportunity given to me", Sreesanth told NDTV after the ruling. I have been keeping myself fit and practising regularly. Representing Sreesanth, his lawyer Salman Khurshid had argued that 'in the context of facts and manner in which these things have happened, this court should consider that it (life ban on Sreesanth by BCCI) is unfair'. The issue of Sreesanth's ban might be discussed on the sidelines of the meeting as well. "I don't believe Ombudsman should be required if we can handle the issue in a BCCI SGM".

Along with Sreesanth, then with Rajasthan Royals, two of his team-mates - Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - also received life bans for their alleged role in the spot-fixing scandal.

Despite the same, the BCCI had declined to reverse its disciplinary committee order against Sreesanth, which it asserted was passed on the basis of evidence.

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The BCCI action followed the arrest of Sreesanth and the others by Delhi Police for alleged promises made to bookmakers during the 2013 IPL. However, in two months, the High Court allowed BCCI's appeal and restored the ban.

Feb 2, 2018: The Supreme Court agrees to hear the appeal filed by Sreesanth against the Kerala High Court verdict on February 5, 2018.

Speaking to media after the release to the decision in his favour, Sreesanth said, "I don't know what life has in store for me after all these years".

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