Kerala HC orders BCCI to lift lifetime ban on Sreesanth

Judicial googly Kerala HC annuls BCCI's lifetime ban on S Sreesanth

S Sreesanth

But the BCCI did not lift the ban on the players and said acquittal from a criminal court is not enough to lift the ban.

Kochi: In a relief to cricketer S Sreesanth, the Kerala High Court today lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

In the petition to the Kerala High Court, Sreesanth said BCCI was wrong in not lifting his ban even after the trial court dismissed all charges and gave him a clean chit. "The decision of the sessions court to acquit Sreesanth from 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". Earlier in 2015, Delhi's Patiala House Court discharged all the 36 accused persons including S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila in the IPL-6 spot fixing case. Then how can the BCCI impose a ban on him?

Admitting the petition by the cricketer, seeking a direction to BCCI to allow him to play for a Scottish club in April, Justice P V Asha directed the Union government and the BCCI to file their counter affidavits.

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"Right now I am not thinking of getting selected to the Indian team, as I have to regain my fitness", he said, adding "I want to thank all the people who stood with me".

On February 17, 2017: Sreesanth urged the newly-appointed BCCI supremo, Vinod Rai to revoke his ban.

However, a Delhi Sessions court in 2015 had exonerated him in the spot-fixing case registered by the Delhi Police which invoked the Maharashtra Control of organized crimes Act (MCOCA).

The BCCI, however, refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict. With serious pace and his ability to swing the ball both ways, he managed to pick up 87 wickets in 27 Tests and 75 scalps in 53 ODIs.

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