Breather for Sreesanth, SC sets aside life ban order

In a major breather for the former cricket star S Sreesanth, the Supreme Court set aside the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) disciplinary committee’s order imposing a life ban on the fast bowler.

The ban had been imposed on S Sreesanth for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

The top court asked the cricket board to consider a fresh punishment for the former India pacer within the next three months.

But the top court also rejected Sreesanth’s plea that he should not be punished at all because he was acquitted in the spot-fixing case.

The court said that harsh punishment of life ban should not be imposed in all cases and BCCI disciplinary committee did not consider mitigating circumstances.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and KM Joseph made it clear that Sreesanth will get the opportunity of being heard by the committee on the quantum of the punishment.

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