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Sreesanth thanks SC for setting aside BCCI’s life ban

17 March 2019

The court asked the cricket board to consider a fresh punishment for the former India pacer within the next three months. Therefore, Sreesanth's fate will now be decided by Justice (retd) DK Jain, recently appointed for the job. Sreesanth had earlier claimed in the top court that the life ban was "completely unfair" and the Delhi Police had "continuously tortured" him in custody to extract confession of his involvement in the case. The issue of Sreesanth's ban might be discussed on the sidelines of the meeting as well.

In the wake of these new developments, Bhuvaneswari, Sreesanth's wife said that the cricketer has finally got justice. "The court has given me a huge lifeline and I am happy with the opportunity given to me", Sreesanth told NDTV after the ruling. In August 2017, the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban imposed on Sreesanth and also set aside all proceedings against him. On this, Sreesanth was quoted saying, "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".

The Delhi Police had arrested Sreesanth and his two other Rajasthan Royals' teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, on the charge of spot-fixing during the IPL in May 2013.

"It is a welcome move by the Supreme Court that they have instructed BCCI to have a re-look at Sreesanth's ban". However, in two months, the High Court allowed BCCI's appeal and restored the ban. However, the court did point out an anomaly in the BCCI verdict, that the disciplinary committee did not "advert to the aggravating and mitigating factors" as listed under its code. "When range of ineligibility which is minimum five years, maximum life time ban is provided for, the discretion to which, either minimum or maximum or in between has to be exercised on relevant facts and circumstances". Keeping that in mind, the court said the BCCI ought to review its original sanction on the player. The apex court set aside the Board of Control of Cricket in India's (BCCI) disciplinary committee's order.

Sreesanth thanks SC for setting aside BCCI’s life ban