A division bench of the Kerala High Court on 17 October 2017 restored the life ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.
The bench, comprising Chief Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh and Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan, gave the verdict on a petition filed by the BCCI against the ruling by a single judge bench that lifted the life ban imposed on the 34-year-old pacer in August 2017.
• The court delivered is verdict after hearing the appeal for the last two days.
• The bench ruled that the court cannot conduct a judicial review on the life ban imposed by the BCCI, the national governing body for cricket in India, and hence upheld the appeal.
• The verdict has ended Sreesanth’s hopes of playing for Kerala state’s Ranji side in its upcoming matches.
• In fact, the bowler will no longer be allowed to take part in practice sessions at any place that comes under the BCCI or any state cricket association.
• On 16 May 2013, the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan from Mumbai on charges of spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League.
• Following the arrest, all the three players had their Rajasthan Royals contracts suspended while their inquiries were pending.
• On 13 September 2013, Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan were banned for life by BCCI's disciplinary committee.
• In July 2015, Sreesanth and the two other players were let off by a Patiala House court in Delhi.
• The BCCI, however, had refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict.
• Following this Sreesanth had challenged the life ban against him in the Kerala High Court.
• The single-judge bench of Justice A Muhamed Mustaque had on 7 August lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.
• Justice Mustaque had also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the board.
Who: Kerala HC
When: 17 October 2017