New Delhi, Aug 7: The Kerala High Court on Monday lifted the life ban imposed by the BCCI on Indian pacer S. Sreesanth.
The seamer was charged earlier for his involvement in the spot fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was banned in September 2013 for his alleged spot fixing in the IPL and he was charged alongside two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. However, he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case in July 2015.
Challenging the ban, Sreesanth had contended at the high court that not lifting the ban violated his constitutional rights. It was on the basis of information provided by Delhi Police that BCCI imposed a ban on him and it was the case registered on the basis of the same information that was considered by the court while exonerating him. BCCI’s decision not to withdraw the ban amounts to violation of constitutional rights, the player had argued.
He argued that BCCI’s enquiry team had submitted the report without giving him a due chance of hearing.
But he was given a chance to provide his version in writing later although the supplementary report was filed without taking the written version into due consideration. He was then issued a show cause notice before the ban was imposed on him.
BCCI’s affidavit earlier in the year said, “The standard of proof required under a penal statute is much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. Therefore, on an appreciation of the same evidence, one may not be guilty of criminal consequences but can be found guilty for violating the internal disciplinary rules of an organization.”
After the judgement on Monday, S Sreesanth wrote on Twitter, “God is great..thanks for the all the love and support”.
God is great..thanks for the all the love and support pic.twitter.com/THyjfbBSFv
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 7, 2017