The Kerala High Court on Monday commanded the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to revoke the lifetime ban imposed on Sreesanth on the basis of spot-fixing charges.
Considering the petition filed by the Kerala cricketer in March against BCCI’s decision to not lift the ban despite Delhi court acquitting him in 2015, the Kerala High Court gave this order. BCCI imposed the ban due to his involvement in spot-fixing cases in the 2013 Indian Premier League.
Sreesanth challenged the ban as he urged that BCCI’s decision not to lift the ban was a violation of his constitutional rights. He also argued that BCCI imposed the ban on the basis of the information submitted by the Delhi police which was the same information which was considered by the court while acquitting him. He also questioned the legality of BCCI’s ban on him.
On July 25, 2015, the additional session’s court vindicated all the players from all charges which included offense under the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA).
Sreesanth took to twitter to thanks all his fans for all the love and support. He tweeted, “God is great..thanks for the all the love and support.”
God is great..thanks for the all the love and support pic.twitter.com/THyjfbBSFv
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 7, 2017
BCCI in reply has informed the High Court that a criminal court exonerating him is not enough to lift the ban. “The standard of proof required under a penal statute is much higher than the proof required for a disciplinary inquiry. Therefore, on an appreciation of the same evidence, one may not be guilty of criminal consequences but can be found guilty of violating the internal disciplinary rules of an organization,” BCCI affidavit on the same state.