Life ban on cricketer Sreesanth set aside by Supreme Court

Vinod Rai welcomes SC order on mandatory cooling off period

Vinod Rai. File

"BCCI's disciplinary committee may reconsider quantum of punishment to be given to S Sreesanth within 3 months", the Supreme Court said. The new BCCI constitution states that quantum of punishment in such cases has to be determined by the BCCI Ombudsman, which now if former SC judge DK Jain. And now when today it has been such a huge day of celebration for Sreesanth, Deepak shared a picture with him and captioned it as, "Ye Banda wapas aayega dil bol rha tha, Aur lo aa gye sreesanthnair36Om Namah shivaaye Aaj sree bhaiya k Haq me Faisla aaya h supreme court ka". "We will definitely take up the issue at the CoA meeting", Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai told PTI.

The CoA is scheduled to meet on March 18 to discuss the anti-doping policy with International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar.

Based on Sawani's findings, the BCCI disciplinary panel, comprising then president N Srinivasan along with the two vice-presidents, Arun Jaitley and Niranjan Shah, held Sreesanth guilty of "match-fixing and non-reporting of offences" under the BCCI' anti-corruption code. It's for six years and I haven't played cricket, which was my life.

In the wake of these new developments, Bhuvaneswari, Sreesanth's wife said that the cricketer has finally got justice.

Asked whether the matter has to be referred to the Ombudsman now, Nair said, "The SC order says that the BCCI have to reconsider the ban". I am eagerly waiting for the next 90 days for BCCI's decision.

The former cricketer was banned for life for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL). As many as 36 accused in the spot-fixing case, including Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila, were discharged by the trial court here in July 2015.

Sreesanth gained a lot of fans with the reality show and seems like the love and prayers of thousands of his fans have been heard as supreme court have cancelled the ban that BCCI have imposed on him. The apex court bench of justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph, however, made it clear that its order shall have no effect on criminal proceedings pending against him.

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