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SUPREME COURT SETS ASIDE LIFE BAN IMPOSED ON SREESANTH

Team SoOLEGAL 15 Mar 2019 12:11pm

SUPREME COURT SETS ASIDE LIFE BAN IMPOSED ON SREESANTH

A single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court had lifted the life ban imposed on Sreesanth by BCCI, thus setting aside all the proceedings initiated by the Board against Sreesanth. The ban was restored by a division bench of the Court.

On 1st March 2019 the bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice K M Joseph had reserved a judgment on Sreesanth's appeal. The appeal was preferred against Kerala High Court's judgment by which the life ban imposed on him by BCCI was confirmed.

Salman Khurshid was appointed as the counsel for the petitioner. His arguments:

§  He had confessed because he was being continuously tortured by the Delhi police and was even threatened to implicate his family if he does not confess to the crime.

§  The standard of proof cannot be compared to the serious allegations made against Sreesanth. Also, that the recorded telephonic conversations were not provided to him during the inquiry proceedings by BCCI's disciplinary committee.

§  Towel was used by Sreesanth for wiping out the sweat from his palm as the weather was humid in Mohali, which is a quite usual activity of the bowlers in cricket.

It was contended by Khurshid that the other side failed to establish that any spot-fixing was done in the match played between Indian Premier League teams Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in Mohali in May 2013. Also that there was no evidence that the cricketer received any money for this.

Lastly, he said

"The team (Rajasthan Royals) and its owners were banned for two years only. It is completely unfair that this (life ban) has happened with him (Sreesanth)." 

Supreme Court's take:

The Apex Court partly allowed the appeal of Sreesanth and set aside the life ban imposed by the Board of Control of Cricket in India(BCCI) on him for indulging in spot-fixing during 2013 Indian Premier League. The Disciplinary Committee of BCCI was directed by the Court to take a decision on the quantum of punishment within 3 months from today.

Tagged: SupremeCourt   Sreesanth   BCCI   LifeBan   KeralaHighCourt  
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