Ker­ala HC Asks BCCI to Lift Sreesanth’s Ban

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games -

In a re­lief to S Sreesanth, the Ker­ala High Court on Mon­day lifted the life ban im­posed on him by the BCCI in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fix­ing scan­dal. In his order, Jus­tice A Muhamed Mus­taque also set aside all pro­ceed­ings against Sreesanth ini­ti­ated by the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI).

The court had ear­lier sought the BCCI’s stand on the plea by the crick­eter chal­leng­ing the life ban im­posed upon him. The BCCI had filed a counter-af­fi­davit in the court say­ing, “The de­ci­sion of the ses­sions court to ac­quit the pe- titioner from the crim­i­nal charges has no im­pact what­so­ever on the de­ci­sion of the in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee of the BCCI to ban the pe­ti­tioner from play­ing cricket tour­na­ments or­gan­ised by the BCCI and/or its af­fil­i­ates.”

It had said the ques­tion be­fore the court was whether the pe­ti­tioner (and other ac­cused) was li­able to in­cur pe­nal con­se­quences un­der rel­e­vant crim­i­nal statutes.

On the other hand, the ques­tion be­fore the BCCI Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee was whether the pe­ti­tioner was guilty of match fix­ing, cor­rup­tion and gam­bling and vi­o­la­tion of the in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary rules of the BCCI, the board had said.

All the 36 ac­cused, in­clud­ing Sreesanth, An­keet Cha­van and Ajit Chandila were let off in the spot-fix­ing case by a Pa­tiala House court in July 2015. The BCCI, how­ever, had re­fused to al­ter its dis­ci­plinary de­ci­sion even af­ter the ver­dict.

Asked about the BCCI’s stand, act­ing pres­i­den­tCKKhan­na­said:“The­judg­men­thas­come to­day. The BCCI’s le­gal team will study the judg­ment and give its ob­ser­va­tions. Ob­vi­ously, their feed­back will be taken and placed at an ap­pro­pri­ate fo­rum (gen­eral body).”

The Ker­ala Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion said it’s happy with the devel­op­ment. “We were right be­hind Sreesanth from day one. We were in Delhi dur­ing those days (ar­rest and sub­se­quent court hear­ings) when he en­dured a lot.Now thatHigh Court has given a ver­dict, hope­fully, nor­malcy will re­turn in his life. We would love to see him back in Ker­ala shirt,” KCA sec­re­tary Jayesh Ge­orge said.


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