Life ban on Sreesanth: Supreme Court agrees to hear plea on February 5

Former Indian seamer Sreesanth has been out of professional cricket since being acquitted in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case. He had found some relief last year when a High Court bench had put aside the legal proceedings against him. However, Sreesanth had never escaped the threat to his cricket career. He had filed an appeal in the high court against the Kerala High Court Verdict, which had restored the life-ban on the 34-year-old, and now the matter will be taken up in the Supreme Court on 5th February.

Former Indian seamer S. Sreesanth has been out of professional cricket since being acquitted in the spot-fixing case. The spot-fixing incident occurred during 2013 IPL season and after a thorough police investigation, the cricketer was banned for life by the BCCI.

However, in August last year, Sreesanth found some relief as a single-judge bench lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI and also put aside all the proceedings that the board had started against Sreesanth.

But it seemed that Sreesanth’s luck wasn’t on his side as his happiness didn’t last long. A division bench of the high court in Kerala restored the life-ban on a petition filed by the BCCI, pulling back the 34-year-old slinger into the controversy.

The BCCI believed that the decision to suspend him was taken after all the evidence was carefully looked at and understood. The Kerala high court bench stated that no violation of natural justice against the cricketer and overthrew the verdict of the single-judge bench.

Sreesanth’s cricketing future will be decided on, im Supreme Court on 5th February

But Sreesanth hasn’t lost hope and is still fighting to restore his career to some level. The former Kings XI Punjab player has filed an appeal in the high court against the Kerala High Court Verdict which restored the life-ban on S. Sreesanth. The matter will be taken up in the Supreme Court on 5th February.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has given orders to list the spot-fixing case for a hearing before a suitable bench.

“List on February 5, 2018 before an appropriate bench, as per roster, subject to removal of defects, if any,” the bench, also comprising justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, said, as reported by the Deccan Chronicle.

All the 36 accused in the spot-fixing ban including Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila were let-off by the Patiala High Court in 2015 but BCCI didn’t change it’s decision even after the verdict was out.


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