Kerala High Court reinstates life ban on Sreesanth


HC upholds BCCI appeal, life ban on Sreesanth to stay

The Kerala High Court had on August 7 lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

Ever since the ban was lifted on Sreesanth, the 34-year-old, who took to acting during his time away from the game, started training in full spirit, and received whole-hearted support from the Kerala Cricket Association. A single bench of the court had on September 18 ordered the BCCI to lift the ban, after observing that it can not agree with the BCCI's stand that Sreesanth's exoneration by a Delhi court in 2015 doesn't matter.

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A division bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday ruled that the BCCI ban can not be overturned or reduced, thereby negating a judgement issued by the same court in August, which had asked the board to lift the ban.

Part of the Rajasthan Royals, Sreesanth was banned by the BCCI's disciplinary committee after IPL 2013 along with Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila after having been accused of spot-fixing. HC Judge A Muhamed Mustaque had also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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

Allowing the appeal filed by BCCI, Division Bench headed by Chief Justice held that there is no violation of natural justice against the cricketer. While ruling in Sreesanth's favour, the court had said that there was no incriminating evidence to pinpoint his involvement in match-fixing. "God is great." Sreesanth said. The writ court, the division bench pointed out, could not overstep its brief and become an "appellate" power over BCCI; doing so would be "exceeding the limits of judicial review". It said Sreesanth had actually violated the BCCI's anti-corruption code, having failed to inform the anti-corruption unit about the illegal activities despite receiving education from the ACU.

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"This is the worst decision ever... special rule for me?" said Sreesanth in a series of tweets on Tuesday. A division bench of the court in Kochi said that it can not conduct a judicial review of the life ban imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and therefore upheld the appeal. What about Chennai Super Kings?

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