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SC asks BCCI to reply in four weeks on S Sreesanth’s plea against life ban

Sreesanth was slapped a life ban by the Indian board in 2015 after the cricketer was charged with corruption in the spot-fixing case in the IPL.

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Sreesanth. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been issued a notice from Supreme Court to respond to the life ban plea of S Sreesanth. The cricketer had filed a petition challenging the verdict of Kerala High Court to restore the lifetime ban from playing cricket imposed on him. The case is related to the spot-fixing saga in the Indian Premier League in 2013 which had threatened to bring the curtains down on the T20 competition. However, the BCCI is now expected to respond to the plea in the next four weeks.

Sreesanth was slapped a life ban by the Indian board in 2015 after the cricketer was charged with corruption in the spot-fixing case in the IPL. Though the Patiala House Court let off all the 36 accused in the case including Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in 2015, BCCI had refused to lift the ban. This lead to Sreesanth knocking the doors of High Court and fight for his rights to play for his country once again.

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Sreesanth challenged HC verdict

Much to the disappointment of Sreesanth, Kerala High Court restored the ban imposed on him and ordered him to stay away from all the cricketing activities conducted by the BCCI. he had launched the petition against the decision in October then which stated that the Single Judge bench of the HC had rightly decided the case on merit and revoked the ban in August, but the Division Bench subsequently erred in holding that there could not be a judicial review of the BCCI’s decision.

Supreme Court had agreed to hear the proceedings on February 5 and now are seeking the response from the powerhouse of the Indian cricket within the next four weeks. They have cleared time and again that the decision to ban the cricketer was taken based on the evidence against him.

However, Sreesanth was also expected to urge the Supreme Court to reveal the names of the 13 players charged by the Mukul Mudgal committee with the corruption.

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