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Kerala HC lifts life ban on cricketer Sreesanth

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

In a relief to cricketer S Sreesanth, the High today lifted the life ban imposed on him by the in the wake of the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.

In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in (BCCI).


The had earlier sought the BCCI's stand on the plea by the cricketer challenging the life ban imposed upon him by the game's governing body following the 2013 Indian League-6 spot-fixing scandal.

The had filed a counter-affidavit on the issue in the in response to the plea by Sreesanth, who had challenged the life ban despite a dropping all charges against the 34-year-old pacer.

The cricket board had said, "The decision of the sessions to acquit the petitioner from the criminal charges has no impact whatsoever on the decision of the internal disciplinary committee of the to ban the petitioner from playing cricket tournaments organised by the and/or its affiliates."

It had said the question before the was whether the petitioner (and other accused) was liable to incur penal consequences under relevant criminal statutes.

On the other hand, the question before the Disciplinary Committee was whether the petitioner was guilty of match fixing, corruption and gambling and violation of the internal disciplinary rules of the BCCI, the board had said.

The standard of proof required under a penal statute was much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry, it had said.

All the 36 accused, including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were let off in the spot-fixing case by a Patiala House in July 2015.

The BCCI, however, had refused to alter its disciplinary decision even after the verdict.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, August 07 2017. 15:42 IST
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