The Supreme Court on Friday set aside the life ban imposed by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on cricketer S Sreesanth for indulging in spot-fixing during 2013 Indian Premier League.
A Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph provided a huge relief for the cricketer, saying the life ban is “too harsh.”
The Court has directed the disciplinary committee of BCCI to take a decision on the quantum of punishment within 3 months from today.
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 had earlier argued how the life ban given to other cricketers was reconsidered eventually.