SC lifts life ban on Sreesanth, its BCCI’s turn now

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday cancelled the life ban on former Indian cricketer S Sreesanth over his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

The bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph also asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to reconsider its order of life ban on Sreesanth.

The bench asked the BCCI to decide afresh on the point of the quantum of punishment given to Sreesanth. Besides, the bench also set three-month time frame for the BCCI to decide on the quantum of punishment to be given to Sreesanth, who was part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise in the IPL.

Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment, informed the bench.

However, the Supreme 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.

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