Kerala HC restores life ban imposed on Sreesanth by BCCI

Oct 18, 2017 15:29 IST
Kerala HC restores life ban imposed on Sreesanth by BCCI

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.

Key Highlights

• 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.

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Background

• 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.

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