In a huge relief for the former India cricketer and Bigg Boss contestant S Sreesanth, the Supreme Court on Friday set aside the life ban imposed on him for being involved in spot fixing during 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League.
May 16, 2013: Delhi Police arrests Rajasthan Royals' Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan, Ajit Chandila, and alleged bookie Jiju Janardhan along with 10 other bookies.
February 5, 2018: The Supreme Court issues notice to the BCCI to respond within four weeks to the petition filed by Sreesanth. The Delhi Police had subsequently challenged the decision in Delhi High Court.
The bench made it clear that the 36-year-old Sreesanth must be heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment. The apex court set aside the Board of Control of Cricket in India's (BCCI) disciplinary committee's order. The top court directed the cricket administrative body to reconsider the quantum of punishment to be given to the banned cricketer within three months. Calling the ban on Sreesanth playing cricket "unfair", senior advocate Salman Khurshid, appearing for the cricketer, told the bench that "nowhere in the world, life ban has been imposed on a cricketer like this". However, on appeal, a division bench of the High Court had restored the BCCI ban, leading to the current appeal in Supreme Court. "The court has given me a huge lifeline and I am happy with the opportunity given to me".
"This is a Supreme Court order and obviously a call needs to be taken. I can't play club cricket in England at the moment as I have not played first-class cricket for six years now".
The former cricketer, who was arrested and later discharged by a trial court here in July 2015 in a criminal case related to the alleged spot-fixing, had claimed he had to confess his involvement in the alleged crime as police tortured him in custody and threatened to implicate his family in the case.
Feb 28, 2019: The bench of Justices Bhushan and K M Joseph reserves its judgment on Sreesanth's plea.