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SC Sets Aside Life Ban on Sreesanth, Asks BCCI to Reconsider Punishment

SC Sets Aside Life Ban on Sreesanth, Asks BCCI to Reconsider Punishment

The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the BCCI's disciplinary committee's order imposing a life ban on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

Based on Sawani's findings, the BCCI disciplinary panel, comprising then president N Srinivasan along with the two vice-presidents, Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah, held Sreesanth guilty of "match-fixing and non-reporting of offences" under the BCCI' anti-corruption code.

May 16, 2013: Delhi Police arrests Rajasthan Royals' Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan, Ajit Chandila, and alleged bookie Jiju Janardhan along with 10 other bookies. 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.

"Yes, I have heard about the Supreme Court order".

The court hasn't found the 36-year-old to be innocent, but wants the BCCI to alter the quantum of punishment.

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"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". In August 2017, the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban imposed on Sreesanth and also set aside all proceedings against him.

A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, asked the BCCI to decide afresh on the point of the quantum of punishment given to Sreesanth.

"This is a Supreme Court order and obviously a call needs to be taken".

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". "I can't play club cricket in England at the moment as I have not played first-class cricket for six years now".

Jan 30, 2019: The Supreme Court questions Sreesanth about why he didn't inform the BCCI that he was being approached for alleged spot-fixing in 2013.