Kerala HC Asks BCCI to Lift Sreesanth’s Ban
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.