Supreme Court lifts life ban on Sreesanth in match fixing case!

Former cricketer Sreesanth; can finally breathe a sigh of relief, after the Supreme Court lifts the life ban on the former Bigg Boss contestant, and has asked the BCCI to reconsider the quantum of punishment for Sreesanth. The bench of judges was headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan.

Supreme Court lifts life ban on Sreesanth in match fixing case! Supreme Court lifts life ban on Sreesanth in match fixing case! Source : press

Former cricketer Sreesanth; can finally breathe a sigh of relief, after the Supreme Court lifts the life ban on the former Bigg Boss contestant, and has asked the BCCI to reconsider the quantum of punishment for Sreesanth. The bench of judges was headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan.


The verdict of the SC overrules the sentence pronounced by the BCCI, which imposed a life ban on the cricketer almost 6 years ago for his alleged role in spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL season. 


The Supreme Court has also directed the BCCI to reconsider the punishment within a span of three months and further ruled that the 35-year-old cricketer will get an opportunity to be heard by BCCI's disciplinary committee on the quantum of the punishment.


Senior advocate; Salman Khurshid, who is representing Sreesanth put forward his argument saying ‘ if a life ban on cricketer-turned-politician Mohammad Azharuddin, who was accused for his involvement in match-fixing scandal in 2000, can be reversed then why can't the same be done for Sreesanth?'


He further told the bench," 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. He has suffered for the last five-six years. People want him to play cricket. He was extremely loyal to BCCI. The team (Rajasthan Royals) and its owners were banned for two years only. It is completely unfair that this (life ban) has happened with him (Sreesanth)." 


As many as 36 players were accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth. However, they were discharged by a Patiala House Court in July 2015. Despite this verdict, BCCI refused to uplift the ban of Sreesanth and has said," We don't agree with the order. It definitely needs to be challenged and within a week the appeal would be filed in the Kerala High Court."


But now since the Supreme Court has lifted the life ban on Sreesanth he may be able to play club cricket if not international series. However; the SC said the BCCI may reconsider any other punishment they deem fit for Sreesanth and the criminal findings against Sreesanth shall not be altered by this statement of the court!


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