Supreme Court to hold the final hearing on S Sreesanth's appeal against life ban

The cricketer had earlier stated that a life ban was too harsh a penalty.

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S. Sreesanth. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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The Supreme Court of India has decided to review S Sreesanth’s plea against the life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In relation with the 2013 IPL spot-fixing case, the Kerala High Court had passed a verdict to restore the life ban. However, Sreesanth appealed against it in the Supreme Court to been handed one last reprieve.

In eight weeks time, a bench of chief justice Dipak Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud will hold the final hearing on his plea. The cricketer had earlier stated that a life ban was a harsh penalty. He felt that remaining out of action for the last five years was more than enough. Thus, has requested the court to intervene and overturn BCCI’s decision.

No violation of natural justice

A single judge bench last year had lifted the life ban imposed on him. However, it was reversed as soon as the BCCI filed a petition. The division bench of the High Court stated that there was no violation of natural justice against the cricketer. Hence, they distorted the previous order.

The BCCI, on the other hand, has stayed firm in their decision. They have continued to maintain that enough pieces of evidence suggested Sreesanth’s involvement in spot-fixing. The telephonic conversation gave a clear idea that the pacer had taken money to give away a desired amount of runs. His Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were also involved despite being acquitted by the Delhi court that was hearing the case preliminarily.

Sreesanth was a part of the Indian team that won the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup. The 35-year-old pacer took more than 150 wickets across all formats. He made his last international appearance way back in 2011 in the England Test series. Earlier this year, the pacer was also denied the permission to play county cricket by the Supreme Court. It

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