IPL spot fixing case: SC quashes life ban on S Sreesanth, asks BCCI to fix fresh penalty

New Delhi: Supreme Court on Friday quashed the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) disciplinary committee’s order imposing a life ban on fast bowler S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

The court asked the cricket board to consider a fresh penalty for the former Indian bowler within the next three months. However, the court rejected Sreesanth’s plea that he should not be punished at all because he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph made it clear that Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the amount of the punishment.
In October 2017, a division bench of the Kerala High Court had reinstated the life ban on Sreesanth after a petition from the BCCI.

Earlier, a single-judge bench of the court had reversed the ban and had ordered BCCI to lift the ban.

In May 2013, Sreesanth, who was playing for Rajasthan Royals, and his teammates Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested by Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in the spot-fixing controversy that shook Indian cricket.

All three players were later banned for life by the BCCI.

In 2015, Sreesanth, Chandila, and Chavan were cleared of spot-fixing charges after a Delhi trial court found that there was no prima facie evidence to prove that they had been involved in any wrongdoing and also insufficient evidence under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).