SC Lifts Life Ban on Sreesanth, CoA to Take up Issue in Meeting
The Supreme Court set aside the BCCI’s disciplinary committee’s order on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth.
Six years since he was handed a ban for life, the Supreme Court on Friday, 16 March, set aside the BCCI's disciplinary committee's order on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.
A bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and KM 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 Sreesanth 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 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.
The bench passed this 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.
Sreesanth Matter to be Discussed in CoA Meeting: Vinod Rai
Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai said that the life ban on S Sreesanth will be taken up for discussion during an upcoming meeting.
"Yes, I have heard about the Supreme Court order. We will need to get the copy of the order. We will definitely take up the issue at the CoA meeting," CoA chief Vinod Rai told PTI.
The CoA is scheduled to meet on 18 March to discuss the anti-doping policy of the BCCI officials. The issue of Sreesanth's ban might come up among the COA on that day.
BCCI now has a new ombudsman in Justice (Retd ) DK Jain and amicus curiae PS Narsimha, it is expected that the decision will be fast-tracked.
BCCI acting president CK Khanna made it clear that it will be completely CoA's call as the onus is on it to implement the apex court's order.
“This is a Supreme Court order and obviously a call needs to be taken. I am confident that the issue will come up for serious deliberation at the next COA meeting. As far as Sreesanth being brought back to mainstream cricket, I have no comment to make.”CK Khanna, BCCI Acting President
Need Cricket to Take Care of My Family: Sreesanth
“To take care of my family, I need cricket back,” said a relieved Sreesanth after the court’s order on Friday.
Supreme Court has given me a lifeline by lifting my ban. Thanks to all the leagues, I can still earn my bread and butter.S Sreesanth
“I don’t think it will take 90 days for the order to come. If it comes earlier, I’ll be happy,” he said.
The pacer, who last represented India in 2011, said, “There were so many times when I was going to announce my retirement. But thank god I didn’t. I’m keeping myself fit”.
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