New Delhi Correspondent
India’s top court on Friday set aside the cricket board disciplinary committee’s order imposing a life ban on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing scandal during the IPL competition in 2013.
A Supreme Court bench, consisting of justices Ashok Bhushan and K M Joseph, said the disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may reconsider within three months the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth. The bench made it clear that the former cricketer will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment.
The apex court also said that its verdict shall have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against Sreesanth in the Delhi High Court where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court’s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the spot-fixing case.
The apex court bench passed Friday’s order on Sreesanth’s plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.
A single-judge bench of the High Court had lifted the life ban imposed on 35-year-old Sreesanth by the BCCI and had set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the Board. Later, a division bench of the High Court had restored the ban on a petition filed by the BCCI against the single-judge bench’s order.
The BCCI had on February 28 told the apex court that the life ban imposed on Sreesanth was “fully sustainable in law” as he had “tried to influence” a match.