Good news for Sreesanth fans; Supreme Court lifts the ban from Cricketer

The Court has directed the disciplinary committee of BCCI to take a decision on the quantum of punishment within three month period starting 15 March.

The Supreme Court made it clear its order will not impact the criminal proceedings now pending against Sreesanth in the Delhi High Court.

Sreesanth was arrested by Delhi Police along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan on charges of spot-fixing during the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

S Sreesanth's global career was jeopardized when he was charged for spot-fixing during the IPL 6 in 2013.

Sawani, a former joint director of India's Central Bureau of Investigation, had prepared two reports - a preliminary one (based on the taped conversations mentioned above), and a supplementary one, which was prepared after questioning Sreesanth in person and taking a written undertaking from the player.

"It is a welcome move by the Supreme Court that they have instructed BCCI to have a re-look at Sreesanth's ban". Calling the ban on Sreesanth playing cricket "unfair", senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the cricketer, told the bench that "nowhere in the world, life ban has been imposed on a cricketer like this". The issue of Sreesanth's ban might come up among the CoA on that day.

October 17, 2017: The Kerala High Court restores the life ban on cricketer S Sreesanth in response to an appeal filed by the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri against the single-judge verdict which had revoked the ban earlier. However, in two months, the High Court allowed BCCI's appeal and restored the ban.

In its judgement, the court concluded that BCCI had "not violated" any principles of natural justice while determining the sanction.

The court also said that Sreesanth had conducted himself with dignity by not immediately challenging the original ban. The apex court, in its ruling, further said that the 35-year-old cricketer should be given an opportunity to be heard by BCCI's disciplinary committee on the quantum of the punishment.

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