March 15, New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday partly allowed the appeal of former India pacer cricketer S Sreesanth and lifted the ban imposed upon him. The Court also asked the disciplinary committee of BCCI to reconsider his punishment within three months of time.
The bench pronounced its judgment over a plea filed by cricketer S Sreesanth against the life ban imposed upon him by the BCCI pertaining to the charges of spot-fixing during the 2013 IPL matches.
On February 28, the bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph reserved its verdict on Sreesanth's plea against the Kerala High Court judgement which reversed the 2017 decision of single judge bench which lifted the life ban on the cricketer.
Senior advocate Salman Khurshid appearing for Sreesanth, while referring example of former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, argued that when life ban on him can be reversed then why lifting of the ban for Sreesanth could not be considered.
Pertinently, Azharuddin was implicated in the match-fixing scandal in 2000 and subsequently banned by the BCCI for life.
Mr.Khurshid while drawing Court's attention towards other players who were also reportedly involved in the IPL spot-fixing scandal and were banned for 3-5 years, said that the life ban imposed upon Sreesanth should also be revoked. He claimed that the ban which also restrains Sreesanth from playing local club cricket is "unjustified".
Mr Khurshid also urged the Court to let him play at least club cricket as his international cricket career was almost over.
However, till now the BCCI, always stuck to its stand stating that the Board has adopted zero tolerance against corruption in the game and it would not consider revoking the life ban imposed upon Sreesanth.
Sreesanth was imposed a life ban in the 2013 edition of IPL for spot-fixing and the hell has broken out in his career since then.
Delhi Police had booked as many as 36 accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, under the charges of cheating and conspiracy under various sections of the Indian Penal Code(IPC). However, all were discharged by a Patiala House court in July 2015.
The Delhi Police then challenged the decision in the Delhi High Court.