Sreesanth life ban revoked, Supreme Court asks BCCI to revisit quantum of punishment

In a massive relief for S Sreesanth, the Supreme Court on Friday nullify the life ban promulgated on the cricketer by the BCCI and ordered the board to settle and decide the punishment within 3 months.
A bench of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Ashok Bhushan, asked the BCCI to reevaluate its order of life ban imposed on Sreesanth following the spot-fixing slander that jolts the Indian Premier League in 2013.

The supreme court also said that its judgment shall have no impact on the criminal proceedings pending contrary to the cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court's order liberating all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case.

The bench passed this order on Sreesanth's appeal challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had revived the life ban inflicted on him by the BCCI. In February, Sreesanth told the Supreme Court that he had "stubbornly" declined to be muddled in match-fixing during 2013 IPL and point out the transcript of the recorded conversation to back his assertion.

Pointing out to the transcript of the recorded telephonic conversation, which says that "I am tough and nothing will happen", the former cricketer challenging the lifetime ban on him from playing cricket told the bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice K.M. Joseph that the matter relied on by the BCCI to hold him guilty was not given to him.

The cricketer, who was banned for life for his purported convoluted in spot-fixing during 2013 IPL, had told the court in the last hearing on January 30 that the bookie tried to yank him into spot-fixing but he did not fall for it.

As superior counsel, Salman Khurshid, appearing for Sreesanth, told the bench that the statement of the preliminary inquiry was not given to him; the court said that he had the report which he got from other sources.

Khurshid said that he had the report but he was not told by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that on which part of the statement the cricketing body was going to rely on against him.
The court was told that at no phase the BCCI had asked him what he had to say about the alleged material including the offer of Rs 10 lakh being mentioned against him.

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