Supreme Courtroom units apart life ban on Sreesanth, asks BCCI to rethink punishment

S Sreesanth has been out of motion for the reason that 2013 version of the IPL. (Supply: AP File)

The Supreme Courtroom Friday put aside the life ban on S Sreesanth and requested the cricket board to rethink the quantum of punishment. The Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) had banned Sreesanth for all times over his position within the spot-fixing scandal within the 2013 version of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The SC bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, pronounced the order on Friday (March 15) over a plea filed by Sreesanth.

The court docket has directed BCCI to rethink the punishment inside a three-month interval. The 35-year-old cricketer will get a possibility to be heard by BCCI’s disciplinary committee on the quantum of the punishment, the court docket additional dominated.

The Courtroom additionally clarified that its order shall haven’t any impact on felony proceedings pending towards S Sreesanth.

Representing Sreesanth, senior advocate Salman Khurshid instructed the bench, “Within the context of info and method through which this stuff have occurred, this court docket ought to contemplate that it (life ban on Sreesanth by BCCI) is unfair. He has suffered for the final five-six years. Folks need him to play cricket. He was extraordinarily loyal to BCCI.”

Advocate Khurshid additional mentioned it was not clear that any spot-fixing was completed within the match performed between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in Mohali in Might 2013 and there was no proof to counsel Sreesanth had acquired any cash for this. “The staff (Rajasthan Royals) and its homeowners have been banned for 2 years solely. It’s fully unfair that this (life ban) has occurred with him (Sreesanth),” Khurshid mentioned.

The bench of Justices Bhushan and Okay M Joseph had on February 28 reserved the judgment on his plea towards the Kerala Excessive Courtroom’s verdict that had reversed the choice of August 7, 2017 by a single choose bench which had lifted the life ban on the the cricketer.

Khurshid had argued that if a life ban on cricketer-turned-politician Mohammad Azharuddin, who was accused for his involvement in match fixing scandal in 2000, may be reversed then why can’t the identical be completed for Sreesanth.

The cricketer had pleaded within the court docket that his worldwide cricket profession was nearly over however he ought to at the very least be allowed to play membership cricket.

BCCI, on its half, had contended it has adopted a zero tolerance coverage towards corruption within the sport and the life ban can’t be revoked.

Thirty-six individuals have been accused within the spot-fixing case, together with Sreesanth, and have been discharged by a Patiala Home court docket in July, 2015. The Delhi Police had subsequently challenged the choice in Delhi Excessive Courtroom.

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