Supreme Court Revokes Life Ban On Sreesanth, Asks BCCI To Reconsider Punishment

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| March 15 , 2019 , 11:55 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday revoked the life ban on former Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth in a case of spot-fixing and asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to re-examine its quantum of punishment within a period of three months.

A Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and K.M. Joseph provided a huge relief for the cricketer, saying the life ban is “too harsh.”

However, the apex court also said that its verdict shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court's order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case.

Sreesanth had earlier argued how the life ban given to other cricketers was reconsidered eventually.

Senior Advocate Salman Khurshid, representing the fast bowler, had argued that there was no direct evidence to implicate Sreesanth and that the evidence provided by the prosecution was only circumstantial evidence.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had banned Sreesanth for life over his role in the spot-fixing scandal in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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The bench also comprising Justice K M Joseph had on February 28 reserved the judgement on Sreesanth's plea against the Kerala High Court's verdict that had reversed the decision of August 7, 2017, by a single judge bench which had lifted the life ban on the 35-year-old cricketer.