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Sreesanth thanks SC for setting aside BCCI’s life ban

17 March 2019
Sreesanth thanks SC for setting aside BCCI’s life ban

"The lifetime ban has lifted and it's a huge relief". Fast bowler Sreesanth will also get the opportunity to be heard by BCCI's disciplinary committee on the quantum of punishment.

Thereafter, in August past year, a single judge of the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban and set aside all proceedings by the BCCI.

Sreesanth has argued that the life ban was unfair accusing the Delhi Police to resort to torture to get his confessions in the spot fixing scandal.

Including Sreesanth, 36 people were accused in the spot-fixing case, and were later discharged by a Patiala House court in July, 2015.

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

The Supreme Court further said that its order should have no effect on criminal proceedings pending against S Sreesanth.

The apex court past year 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.

"This is a Supreme Court order and obviously a call needs to be taken". Later, the division bench of the high court had restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench's order.

August 27, 2018: The Supreme Court decides to hear Sreesanth's appeal after eight weeks. The apex court observes that Sreesanth's conduct, who is facing a life ban for his alleged involvement in the sensational spot-fixing scandal, in the entire episode was "not good". It is nearly six years I am out of cricket.

Sreesanth's lawyer Salman Khurshid, a former Indian minister of external affairs, plead his case in the latest instance, and said that the BCCI had not followed the laws of natural justice while determining the sanction, and pointed out that a life ban was "excessive and maximum". However, he had told the court in the last hearing on January 30 that the bookie tried to drag him into spot-fixing but he did not fall for it.

Feb 28, 2019: The bench of Justices Bhushan and K M Joseph reserves its judgment on Sreesanth's plea.