Kerala High Court on Monday lifted the life ban imposed on cricketer Sreesanth. The ban was imposed on the cricketer by the BCCI in connection with the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case.
In a big relief for the cricketer, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against him initiated by the BCCI.
In July 2015, all 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were let off in the spot-fixing case by a Patiala House court. But the BCCI had refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict.
The court had earlier sought the BCCI’s stand on the matter after Sreesanth challenged the life ban imposed on him by the game’s governing body.
The BCCI had filed a counter-affidavit on the issue in the court in response to the plea by Sreesanth, who had challenged the life ban even after a court dropped all charges against the 34-year-old pacer.
“The decision of the sessions court to acquit the petitioner 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,” the cricket board had said.
The board had argued that the question before the court was whether the petitioner (and other accused) was liable to incur penal consequences under relevant criminal statutes. It had also said that 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.
(With inputs from PTI)