Sreesanth ban lifted by SC

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Supreme court lifted the life ban on S. Sreesanth in case of spot-fixing scandal in the 2013 edition of the IPL.

On Friday, the supreme court made it clear that the life ban which was imposed on the cricketer in the light of spot-fixing scandal was “too harsh” and BCCI should reconsider the quantum of punishment to be given to him.

The court said that BBCI should reexamine the quantum of punishment to be given to the player in the coming three months.

The Bench, which consists of justice Ashok Bhushan and justice K.M. Joseph has made it clear that this decision will not affect the criminal charges against him and they will remain as it is. The criminal charges are pending against him in Delhi’s High court because Delhi police urged the trial court’s order to discharge all the accused including S. Sreesanth.

Sreesanth has refused all the charges against him and told the court that he is stubborn and is not involved in any kind of fixing. Sreesanth said “I am stubborn and nothing will happen.

On a hearing in court, he had questioned about the proof against him. Sreesanth told the court: “I was charged with the most serious offence. I was convicted of the most serious offence but the standard of proof is that of the least serious offence.”

After the court’s order, Sreesanth is relieved and said that he beleives he can play Ranji Trophy for Kerela this season. On an Interview with NDTV, Sreesanth said “It’s a huge relief. The court has given me a huge lifeline and I am happy with the opportunity given to me, I am just being optimistic and I hope to keep myself fit until September-October. Now, I believe I can even play Ranji Trophy for Kerala this season which starts from September-October”.

Timeline

2013 – During IPL, three cricketers, Ajit Chandila, Ankit Chavan and S.Sreesanth were accused of spot-fixing and a case was filed against them in the Delhi’s trial court. BCCI imposed a life ban on the accused cricketers.

2015 – Delhi’s Trial court lifted the charged that were pressed against them by saying that there was no evidence to prove that the cricketers were involved in any misconduct.

2017 – A single judged-bench in Kerela high court has revoked the ban but reimposed it again after the petition filed by BCCI.

2019 – Court has ordered to lift the life ban on S.Sreesanth saying that it is “too harsh” but keeping all the criminal charges intact.

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